JANUARY 21, 2016
Once again, Coach Heath Webb and his Assistant Brooke Maynard took fourteen Lady Dawg soccer players and competed in an indoor tournament hosted by Cabell Midland High School in Ona, WV called Hot Winter Knights last weekend.
The High School division was divided into three separate brackets due to the number of teams competing. Our Lawrence County Lady Dawgs competed in the first and second brackets. Most of the teams competing were made up of select players from around the Tri-State, but our Lady Dawgs are always ready for a challenge.
The day began at 9:40am for eight of our Lady Dawgs against Mid-State, a select team from Buckhannon WV that ended in a 3-0 loss for the Lady Dawgs. Down but not defeated, our Lady Dawgs played their second game against another select team that called themselves the Super Women at 11am, again falling a little short with a hard fought 2-1 loss.
Tired, but ready to prove they could win, our Lady Dawgs took the court for their third game of the day at 12:20pm against their final opponent in the first bracket, XFC (Xtreme Futbol Club) Black based in Huntington WV. Goal Keeper; Sheree Hay stopped only three shots while the XFC keeper was blasted with a total of 13 shots and 1 game winning goal from our Lady Dawgs, ending that game with a 1-0 win. Eight teams competed in the first bracket; which was based on a point system rather than playoff rounds, putting our Lady Dawgs tied for fourth overall in the first bracket.
The second bracket began play for fourteen Lady Dawgs at 5pm against XFC U-18, the older group from the Xtreme Futbol Club from Huntington WV. It was an intense game. LC Keeper; Andrea Salyer stopped two of the five shots from XFC players, while the XFC Keeper stopped 11 of the 14 shots made by our Lady Dawgs, ending that game in a 3-3 tie.
Ready to win, our Lady Dawgs took the court at 6:40pm against the select team Legacy FC (Futbol Club), scoring 6 goals and taking 11 additional shots verses Legacy FC’s one shot taken and stopped by LC Keeper; Andrea Salyer. With a taste of victory, our Lady Dawgs were ready for their final seeding game at 9pm, where they faced the host team Cabell Midland. Once again the Lady Dawgs hammered the Cabell Midland Keeper with a total of 3 goals and 13 additional shots and won the ball from their opponent only allowing two goals and one additional shot on our keeper.
That 3-2 win placed the Lady Dawgs first seed overall going into playoff rounds.
The championship game was played at 10pm, and although it had been a twelve hour day for eight of the fourteen players, our Lady Dawgs were ready to win. The Lady Dawgs had to play the team they tied earlier that day; XFC U-18 for the championship.
At the game ending buzzer, the score was tied 2-2. XFC U-18 had taken only three additional shots on goal, while LC had a total of 9 additional shots on goal.
Tournament rules were to remove the keeper and one field player and add a two-minute golden goal round, during which neither team scored. Tournament rules than stated, another two-minute golden goal round with only three field players. This is where I saw one of the most unselfish displays of teamwork in all my years of coaching! Sheree Hay, who was playing defense stopped a hard shot from XFC U-18 with her body, dropped the ball to her feet, passed the ball up and out wide right to Kylie Maynard, who drew the XFC U-18 players to her side of the field, then made a perfect cross to Raegan Crum, who scored the winning goal making our LC Lady Dawgs CHAMPIONS!!
Our next indoor tournament will be “Thunder in the Valley” on Valentine’s Day weekend hosted by Marshall University. We invite all Lawrence County fans to come watch us play.