Lady Cavs celebrate finale with hat tricks
Southern Lee won its regular-season home finale, and took its second victory versus county rival Lee County, 7-0 Friday night. The Lady Cavaliers (10-5, 8-4) got hat tricks from two scorers who already give the Cavs a good shot at scoring on anyone they'll face this postseason, and for the next three seasons to come.
Freshmen Jasmine Hernandez and Laurynn Ansted each struck for two goals in the first half as the Lady Cavaliers led 5-0 at the half, then completed their hat tricks in the second half.
In a 6-0 win at Lee County in March, and in a pattern the Lady Cavaliers have liked in a number of other wins this season, goals came in bursts. The first half Friday night was the same. The Lady Cavs ran out to a big lead with three goals in six minutes for a 3-0 lead by the 14th minute, then struck twice less than three minutes apart a little before the break.
Southern Lee controlled the attacking from the start and in the 8th minute, Emma Langston's long ball from a free kick found Ansted sprinting between defenders into the Lady Jacket penalty box. Ansted slipped a shot simply by the goalie for the Lady Cavalier lead.
Southern Lee's speed created the next two goals. Ashley Young stretched Lee County's defense with a run with possession down the left flank, along the endline, then created her own space for a pass which Hernandez finished from short range.
In the next minute, moving from the right side of midfield toward the penalty box, Yesi Mondragon played a cross toward goal with a few Lady Cavs racing into the box. Hernandez headed the ball toward the far post and Ansted volleyed a shot under the crossbar into the netting.
Southern Lee's attack picked up again in the 31st minute. Kasslynn Ansted fed the ball to Langston inside the penalty box. Jacket keeper Maritza Santos saved Langston's shot, but Hernandez was there for a loose rebound in the middle of the six-yard box for a goal and a 4-0 Lady Cavalier lead. '
Laurynn Ansted assisted, ending another sprint with the dribble with a sharp pass which Rosa Aguirre quickly redirected into the goal.
Hernandez got her hat trick in the 62nd minute, from Laurynn Ansted's second assist. Ansted headed a corner kick, taken by Langston, for her hat trick a few minutes later.
Santos made 18 saves for the Lady Yellow Jackets, including many tough ones stopping hard drives or Lady Cavalier one-on-one chances, in the first 22 minutes of the second half, keeping the score 5-0 for a stretch.
Nnaemeka McLean made two saves for the Lady Cavaliers.
The Lady Jackets (4-8, 4-8) will be the No. 5 seed and the Lady Cavaliers will be No. 3 in next week's Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament. Seeds two, three and four will host first-round matches on Tuesday.