Smith County Lady Owls Soccer start the season with 3 shut outs

August 30, 2022

Monday, August 15th, 2022 was the season opener for the Smith County Lady Owls Soccer Team. They faced Upperman and jumped off to a quick start. It only took a minute for Senior Captain Brianna Solomon to send the first score from the corner of the box.  The top of the pitch did a great job with clean passes and teamwork all night.  With 32:35 on the clock Aubrey Felice sent a beautiful shot from the outside line.  Senior Gracie Green met the ball at the corner of the net to finish sending it past the Upperman Keeper.  There were some solid battles for the ball through the game.  At the 20-minute mark Brianna Solomon would beat her defender to turn the ball and shoot from outside the box and score her second goal of the game.  Three minutes later Aubrey Felice would send a rocket into the back corner of the net, putting the score up 4-0 to the Lady Owls. Five minutes left in the half Kiley Jenkins would take a penalty kick in which she sent it cleanly past Upperman to give the Lady Owls a 5-0 lead going into the break.  The second half would see lots of substituting and different combinations.  The defense was solid all the way across all night.  The final score of the game would come at the 17:54 mark by Senior Captain Chelsae Litton.  Smith County starts the season with a 6-0 win and a clean sheet for Senior Keeper Eden Daniel. 

Smith County Lady Owls traveled to White County on Tuesday, August 16th.  Smith County dominated possession managing to keep the majority of play to one end of the pitch.  The Lady Owls displayed promising teamwork when it comes to passing. There were several shots on goal, keeping pressure on White County.  With 15:14 on the clock Kiley Jenkins sent the ball downfield to Senior Gracie Green who beat out a defender and split between her and a second defender to go one on one with the keeper and send it in the net for the first score of the game.  A couple of minutes later Kiley Jenkins would send a solid effort towards goal that hit the cross bar and was so close that everyone believed it was a goal only to realize it skimmed the top of the net on the outside.  So, at the half it was a 1-0 Smith County lead.  The second half was full of threats to the White County net.  White County subbed at every stop in play.  Smith County Keeper Eden Daniel had solid saves the few times the defense was breeched.  The Lady Owls defense had a solid showing.  Senior Ciara Jackson, Junior Abbi Williams, Senior Kenzie Keen, Sophomore Averi Hopkins and Sophomore Madelyn Hula are all starting the season with a strong work ethic and good chemistry.  With 12:31 left in the game Freshman Addie Cripps would score her first high school goal.  After a battle for the ball at midfield it was sent down pitch to Cripps who shot through a defender with two on the wing, blowing through the Keeper solidly into the back of the net.  Later with 2:30 left in the game, Kiley Jenkins would take a corner kick.  Brianna Solomon met it on its way to the goal and sent the ball powerfully through three defenders, making the goalie dive short in order to secure the third and final goal of the game.  The Lady Owls win 3-0 with their second clean sheet on the season.

Smith County hosted 2A Portland for a Varsity game. on August 25th  The Lady Owls had several starters down with injuries prior to game time.  This is one of those examples of their motto #Oneteam, the players who replaced the injured faced the pressure with grace and grit.  Less than a minute from the starting whistle Aubrey Felice sent a shot on goal that took the keeper to the ground, as the ball traveled the line.  Madelyn Hula sent it in to leave no doubt for her first high school goal.  At the 23-minute mark Gracie Green would take a beautiful pass from Kiley Jenkins through three defenders and sent the ball in for the second goal of the game.  The rest of the first half was exciting with back-and-forth shots and battles for the ball. Good Keeper skills, defensive teamwork kept Smith County on top 2-0 going into the half.   The second half was physical and called for a strong Lady Owls work ethic.  The defense and Keeper were kept busy, and the midfield saw plenty of action.  Starting at the 25-minute mark and continuing for the next six minutes Portland would have their hands full with Aubrey Felice.  Facing defenders twice her size, using her speed, skills, and competitive nature she would score a natural hat-trick.  When she was done with her campaign, Smith County would lead Portland 5-0.  Senior Captain Brianna Solomon took a free kick that would make the final score 6-0.  (photos and games summary submitted by Vivian Schaffers)