Lady Cavaliers strike for nine in easy win
Southern Lee's girls soccer squad beat both Chatham Central and the rain Wednesday evening by pouring in nine goals in a 32-minute span for a 9-0 mercy-rule victory.
Freshman Laurynn Ansted started the rout with two strikes less than two minutes apart and scored two more goals just before halftime as the Lady Cavaliers (3-1, 2-0) made it 8-0 by halftime.
Southern Lee controlled most of the ball in the early minutes, but there was no sign of a complete rout until Ansted's first goal touched off a run of four Lady Cavalier goals in barely over five minutes.
The Lady Cavs had only one shot on goal, as well as a corner kick which resulted in a deflected shot off the Lady Bear crossbar, before getting on the board. From a Lady Bear goal kick, the Lady Cavs counterattacked before the defense could regroup. Forward Yusimar Arista took the ball down the right side before crossing across goal and by the Lady Bear keeper to Ansted running toward the left post for a tap-in finish.
In the next minute, the 15th minute, the Lady Cavalier attack started 70 yards from goal. One pass, from Emma Langston sending Ansted sprinting by the Lady Bear defending line, was all the Lady Cavs needed and Ansted calmly slid a shot into the net.
Three minutes later Yesi Mondragon's long shot from near the right sideline, which was likely more of a cross looking for teammates in the center of the penalty box, found the net between the keeper's hands and the crossbar.
From a little closer in along the right, and this time with a clear shot to goal, Mondragon drove a low, hard shot in for her second goal and a 4-0 Southern Lee lead in the 19th minute.
Another four-goal flurry in the 10 minutes before halftime put the match into mercy-rule territory. Ashley Young, Kasslynn Ansted and Laurynn Ansted's third and fourth goals made it 8-0.
Kelsey Deleon run down the left side and low, driven shot into the opposite side of the net ended the match in the 46th minute, just as dark storm clouds were rolling over Southern Lee's campus.
Kasslynn Ansted had two assists while Deleon, Arista, Jasmine Hernandez and Langston had one each.
Chatham Central (0-3, 0-1) had lost its first two matches by one-goal margins, versus Jordan-Matthews and West Montgomery. The Lady Bears will return to Yadkin Valley play when they host Albemarle on Tuesday night.
Southern Lee will face Cape Fear Valley rival Union Pines at home on Monday night.