Submitted by Vivian Schaffers
September 1st, Smith County Lady Owls hosted Upperman. Kickoff was set for 6PM but the weather delayed the game until 7:30. The Lady Owls came ready to play. Only a minute and a half from the opening whistle, Eighth grader Kiley Jenkins had a straight shot from outside the box for the first score of the night. Building off of the momentum seven minutes later Junior Biz Davis would skillfully make her way through the entire Bee defense to confidently find the back of the net. Just six minutes later Sophomore Brianna Solomon worked her way into the box only to be taken to the ground by a Lady Bee. She then took the PK which beautifully zoomed right past the keeper to put the Lady Owls up 3-0.The Lady Owls were dominating the pitch spending most of the time threatening the Upperman goal.
Next up we saw Sophomore Gracie Green pass to Junior Biz Davis in front of the visitors bench where she would take the ball up the side, shooting through a crowd and send the ball into the net for her second off the night, making the score 4-0. The ball was no more than seconds in play when Eighth grader Kiley Jenkins would take it straight back to the net for her second of the night making it a 5-0 score. With 17 minutes left in the half we saw the fog rolling onto the field along with most of the JV. We saw a lot of strong play and many shots but just couldn’t quite get it there for the rest of the first half.As the second half began the Lady Owls would return to their comfort zone in front of the Upperman net. After a couple of attempts the Lady Owls would be awarded a PK which was taken by Eighth grader Kiley Jenkins. So three minutes into the half Kiley would score her third! In her third high school game Miss Jenkins scored a hat trick! Three seemed to be a good number for her this night.
There were several battles in front of the opposition’s goal then the Lady Bees got a break and was awarded a PK which Lady Owl goalie Anna Vining knocked out and recovered to leave the Bees at zero. With 25 minutes left on the clock the Upperman goalkeeper came out to stop a ball but Sophomore Brianna Solomon won the battle and got the score in the end. Now we have a 7-0 game.A few minutes later we see the team work flow through the Lady Owls. Senior Ashley Bush crosses the ball from the right corner to Sophomore Chelsae Litton who was quite covered by Bees so Senior Brennan Rigsby comes in to finish the play with a goal. Now it is 8-0. One more and the mercy rule will apply to end the match. Smith County brings in goalkeeper Eden Daniel and subs in some fresh legs from the bench.The Lady Owls never let the ball cross half field, they battled several times in front of the net. Then Junior Mckayla Pace crossed the ball to find Freshman Sarah Wright who was waiting to poke in the final goal of the night.The Mercy Rule was imposed with 15 minutes left on the clock. The Lady Owls shut out Upperman 9-0. Next up is the first road game and the first District Match at Jackson County on Thursday September 3rd.