Good signs, tough result for Lady Falcons
Head coach Duran Johnson was thrilled with his Lee Christian soccer team after its match Saturday morning - and it was following a loss.
Ridgecroft (5-1-1), making the long trip from Winton in the northeast part of the state, got to take a 1-0 victory back home.
The Lady Falcons (4-3, 3-2 Carolina Christian Conference) possessed the ball for most of the match, did more of the attacking and had a statistical advantage in all but the one category which decides the match.
"We did everything so well, all except put the ball in the back of the net," Johnson said.
The Lady Falcons forced most of the play into the Lady Ram half of the field throughout the morning. Organized, mostly calm, defending proved good enough to keep the Lady Falcons from finding a goal and a fortunate bounce put Lee Christian behind in the 54th minute.
After a quick burst of Lady Ram attacking, which was some of their best play near the Lady Falcon penalty box, Lauren Lane's clearing kick from just outside the top of the Falcon box hit a charging Lady Ram and deflected over keeper Peyton Sprouse and under the crossbar for a 1-0 Ridgecroft lead.
The Lady Falcons stuck to their game, which worked well in terms of getting the ball, moving the ball and putting pressure on the opponent. Even with Lady Falcon backs advancing forward, then Sprouse joining the attack on a throw-in deep in the Lady Ram half for the last 45 seconds, Ridgecroft made 1-0 work just fine.
Both sides had good attacking chances in the first two minutes. Corrine Weaver dashed for a long ball and sent a good shot on goal for the Lady Falcons. Ridgecroft earned a free kick and played a threatening long ball across to the right post before Lee Christian cleared the ball.
With shots from Weaver, Lane, Haley Draughn and Taylor Hinson among the attacking, Lee Christian went on to have an 8-0 advantage in shots up until the latter stage of the first half.
The Lady Falcons went on to outshoot Ridgecroft 14-5 overall and 8-4 in shots on goal. Lee Christian earned seven corner kicks while conceding zero.
Lee Christian won its last conference match, a 4-2 overtime victory versus Northwood Temple on Monday. Johnson will expect his squad to carry its play from that result, and even Saturday's setback, to Tuesday afternoon and a CCC match at Community Christian.