TOP PHOTO: Campbell Lady Cougar Forward Addison Dykes travels with the ball and ultimately scores against the Clinton Dragons on Tuesday evening.
By Amber Cowell
CLINTON, TN (WLAF) – From the very beginning of the match, it was evident Campbell and Clinton came ready to play. One of the keys to a successful soccer team is communication. With both teams playing a fast paced game communication played a major role. The Cougar offense had strong, accurate passes which helped to move the ball down-field resulting in two goals in the first half. Seniors Sage Elwin and Cheyenne Davis both were able to score before halftime.
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Towards the end of the first half, it seemed the Dragons were somewhat rattled by the agility, speed and endurance of the Cougars and went into the half to regroup with a 3-2 lead.
The Dragons began the second half with a quick goal and took a 4-2 lead. Down but not out, the Lady Cougars never gave up. The strong forwards continued talking to each other as well giving each other space to make a move all the while being within passing range if needed. Zaylyn Ivey was able to score twice, however the Dragons scored twice as well leaving the score 5-4 with 10 minutes left to play in the game.
Much of the second half was spent on the Dragons side of the field with many shots on goal that never made it into the goal. With less than two minutes left to play, long-time teammates, Cheyenne Davis and Zaylyn Ivey were able to connect on a cross by Davis which Ivey kneed into the back of the net. The game ended in a tie 5-5.
The JV squad took the field after the Varsity game and followed in the varsity team’s footsteps. In the twelfth minute of the game, Kylie Ivey struck first from a penalty kick. Ivey scored a second goal before halftime.
The second half of the game held much of the same with the Lady Cougars moving the ball around the field with accurate passes. This allowed the team to play wide and thin out the Dragons’ defense. Kylie Ivey scored for a third time during the eighth minute. Addison Dykes followed up on a shot on goal and found the back of the net. Reagan Belew rounded out the game with a goal, leaving the final score Campbell 5 Clinton 0.
No matter which team you came to root for, you were able to leave the field knowing your team played its heart out and didn’t hold anything back.
The Lady Cougars are on the road again Thursday where they take on the Central Bobcats in Knoxville at 5:30. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/24/2022-6AM)