New coach guiding Lady Yellow Jackets
Getting prepped for a soccer campaign in the Tri-Nine Conference is difficult enough. Lee County’s girls soccer team is doing it early this season with a new coach; very new.
Pete Briley is new to the school this year and became the Lady Yellow Jacket head coach a week before tryouts.
The Lady Jackets went right into conference play earlier this week, starting out with a 7-0 loss at Middle Creek on Monday.
The Jackets played a much more competitive game, one which Briley was largely optimistic and encouraging about following 80 minutes Thursday night at home. The result was still a 3-0 loss to non-conference foe Riverside.
The visitors put the Jackets behind in the ninth minute when a good Riverside build-up led to Kayla Hudson shooting from a couple strides beyond the top of the Lee County box and sending her strike banking off the left post, then rolling over the goal line.
The Lady Jackets gained more of the possession and had shots to draw even. Jill Davis, who’s accepted a scholarship offer to play at High Point next year, created the best chances as she had two shots on goal plus a shot which glanced off the crossbar and out of bounds late in the second half.
Hudson scored her second goal to make it 2-0 Riverside with a little less than two minutes left in the opening half. Seven minutes after halftime, Marie Muir scored for a 3-0 Riverside lead.
“Control, creating chances and more aggressive playing,” were the areas Briley saw plenty of improvement in even from game one to game two.
“I’m new to the program, and new to the school, this year, but I’m excited about it and we’ve got a great group of girls,” he said.
“The girls have shown a lot of improvement for being out here working with them, really for only two weeks so far. But in the Tri-Nine though, you’re going to have to learn quick,” he said.
Lee County finished the match even in shots, 9-9, and with a 5-4 disadvantage in shots on goal.
The Tri-Nine tests pick up again for the Lady Jackets next week, and with three matches in four nights to boot. Lee County hosts Cary Monday at 6:30 p.m. before playing at Panther Creek Wednesday and home against Fuquay-Varina Thursday.