By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Lady Eagles (3-6-2) scored two goals in the first five minutes Monday then cruised to a 5-0 shutout of Model Laboratory (3-6) at home.
Karrigan Moberly put Southern on top to stay with the first of her three goals inside the first minute of the game.
A Mikki Clark goal six minutes later and Moberly’s second of the half gave Southern a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
The Lady Eagles dominated the first half and although only three shots found the net, Model goal keeper Haley Hunt was busy making multiple saves on repeated Southern shots.
The offensive aggressiveness was something Southern coach Katy Cress has been calling for from her young team all year.
“I’m glad they were taking the shots. I’ve been telling them all year that you can’t score if you don’t’ take any shots,” Cress said. “So the fact that we were at least taking those shots was a big improvement.”
The Lady Eagles didn’t come out after the intermission with the same fire they started the game with and suddenly it was Model that was the aggressor.
As they have done several times this year, the young Lady Patriots looked like a different team after intermission, battling the Lady Eagles on even terms through the first 25 minutes of the half.
Model coach Michael Bailey said his team continues to battle with its confidence against quality teams like Southern.
“I think that it is just a matter of believing in themselves when they see a quality opponent on the other side of the field,” Bailey said. “I think the mentality is still there of us saying, ‘Can we play with them?’ ‘Should we be here?’ Then after we hang with them at the half, then we come out and play like we are capable of playing.”
“It’s one of those things that we have to keep working on,” Bailey added.
Moberly and the Lady Eagles finally got their offense cranked back up in the final 15 minutes of the game. Moberly fired in her third goal on a nice assist from Chesney Sipple to make it 4-0. Rachel Ramey rounded out the scoring with a goal from straight away with 9:35 left in the game.
The Lady Eagles face a big test on Wednesday when they travel to Richmond for a district showdown with rival Madison Central.
And while the uneven performance Monday was enough to subdue the Lady Patriots, Cress said it will take a much better effort to come away with a win over the Lady Indians.
“We’ve been battling that all year, just staying focused the entire game. Tonight, I thought it was better than it had been, but it’s got to be even better Wednesday,” Cress said. “It worked tonight, but we don’t have any room for that letdown in the middle of the game against a team like Central.”
Game time for the Central-Madison Southern matchup is set for 7 p.m. on the turf field.
The Lady Patriots return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Corbin for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Redhounds.