After weeks of practices and hard work in the summer heat the sports season began with middle school soccer. Claiborne’s Middle School Lady Bulldogs welcomed Horace Maynard’s Lady Red Devils onto the pitch at Claiborne High School. Claiborne won 3-1.
The two teams showed little rust as the game got under way in hot weather. A few minutes before game time a shower fell and the humidity was high.
The two teams went up and down the field until Claiborne kicked in the first goal of the season off the foot of Macie Sumner.
Both teams shot the ball on goal nearly at the same pace with the Lady Red Devils just missing the tying goal as the kick went over the cross bar. At the end of one half of play Claiborne led 1-0.
Early in the second half, Sumner struck again for her second goal. Soon after she kicked in her hat trick goal. She scored her third after a goal was scored by Horace Maynard. Courtney Daniels was in goal and stopped several shots.
It was then the lightning and rain started and the players were pulled off the field. After about 30 minutes the game began again. The weather let up enough to get the players back out on the pitch but another lightning strike only minutes later caused the game to be called 3-1 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs.
After the game Claiborne’s head coach Jason Mustard said this of his team, “I’m very proud of these young ladies for not giving up and continuing to fight. Last year’s season left the team with a little chip on their shoulders and I think they proved to themselves they can do anything when working together. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to coach such a wonderful group of young ladies, and look forward to a great season.”
The 2016 team consists of Kinsee LeFevers, Chelsey Harvey, Mollie Bolton, Harley Smith, Brooke Buchanan, Kiley LeFevers, Mackenzie Walker, Mykah Miller, Mallory Keck, Macie Sumner, Autumn Truax, Emily Wine, Abby Yeary, Shelby Boyles and Courtney Daniels.
Coach Mustard is assisted by Matthew Buchanan.
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.