Lady Cougar Soccer shuts out Stratford | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 12, 2017 at 11:40 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Varsity Lady Cougar Soccer team lost 4-2 to Beaufort in overtime last week, falling to 4-3 in Region 8-AAAA competition. They then shut out non-region opponent Stratford 4-0 on Thursday, April 6 to improve their overall record to 10-3.
Inclement weather postponed last week’s match against Hilton Head. It is scheduled to be played Thursday April 20 at home.
Against Stratford, Colleton County’s breakthrough goal came in the 4th minute when junior midfielder, Macie Stone shot from just outside the 18-yard line (Emily Hiott, assist). Faith Allen scored the Lady Cougar’s second goal — which would leave them tied 2-2 heading into halftime.
“Faith was posted up on a Stratford defender waiting on Amber Warren’s kick from a set play,” said Coach Danny Wiggins. “She collected the well-struck ball from Warren, then turned and shot from the six. The wind was really strong and caused some issues. We needed to keep the ball on the ground and play short passes. These adjustments at the half allowed us to stay tight with Stratford.”
Allen scored in the 58th minute on a cross-over from Heather Dowd. The Lady Cougars scored their final goal when Dowd scored from just outside the 18-yard line. “Heather took the end line and crossed a nice ball to Faith, who was on a full speed run and volleyed the shot in the net,” said Wiggins.
Rachel Dandridge recorded a clean sheet versus Stratford.
“The defensive back line was strong for us,” said Wiggins. “Daryn Hooker had a great game. She has stepped up as a defender. Amber Warren has been moving from left back to center back allowing us to move Karis Thomas up to mid. Thomas has some extremely good tackles. She and Caroline, who we moved up to attacking center-mid, work well together. Haley Roscoe handled her position well, also.”
“We wanted to use the Stratford game to plan some new strategies moving forward,” said Wiggins. “Every player contributed to the win and had quality minutes on the field. I’m looking forward to finishing the season strong and playoffs starting.”
The JV team lost 4-1 against Beaufort Tuesday April 4 after heading into the half tied at 1-1. Anne Mathis Thomas scored the only goal for the JV Lady Cougars and was assisted by Dorothy Dessoye.
“We played a great first half,” said JV Coach Mary Katherine Priester. “In the second half, they scored three goals on us and we were unable to put any more in the net.”