By DAVID GRAVELY
It was a cold and windy evening with snow flurries falling heavily at times, but the Pulaski County Lady Cougar soccer team was red hot Wednesday as they completely dismantled the Galax Maroon Tide 6-0. It was the first victory under the leadership of new Head Coach Tim McPeake.
The game was never in question, even though it took Caitlin Lovell just at six minutes to score the first Pulaski goal from the upper right corner of the box. Galax was only able to get to the Pulaski side of the field a handful of times in each half, and their shots on the Lady Cougar goal were limited even less.
Pulaski continued to attach the Galax goal throughout the remainder of the first half, and with just less than 18 minutes left in the half Ericka Nash went airborne after a corner kick. She got her head on the ball, and it went to the left side of the box where freshman Kaytlin Edwards was ready and waiting. A swift kick of her left leg put Pulaski up 2-0. Ten minutes later, Edward found herself open just outside the box. She sent a rocket shot to the back of the net for her second goal of the game and the season, giving the Lady Cougars the 3-0 lead going into the halftime break.
The Lady Cougars didn’t let up in the second half. With six minutes off the clock, Ciara Sarver sent a corner kick towards the Galax goal. Her intent was to put the ball directly in front of the net for one of her teammates to kick in, but instead the ball bounced off of two Galax players to give Sarver her first goal of the season. Leading by a score of 4-0, the team never let up. With just over 12 minutes remaining, Mackenzie Hamilton found herself in front of the goal with the ball after a nice blocked kick attempt by Moriah Hinton. The strong legged senior drilled the ball into the back of the net to move the score to 5-0. The final score of the game came with 2:24 remaining in the game. After a battle for the ball by Casey Reese sent the ball back out of the box, Casey Farmer connected and sent the ball past the Galax defenders and into the net.
Pulaski County used an aggressive and attacking style of play from start to finish in the contest. The Lady Cougars took 31 shots on the Galax goal. Four Lady Cougars, Ciara Sarver, Ericka Nash, Kristina Simplkins, and Morgan Midkiff, earned assists. The pressing Cougar offense kept the ball on the Galax side of the field for the majority of the game, but goal keeper Lexy Hurst did record two saves. The team also took nine corner kicks.
Pulaski was scheduled to be back in action on Thursday against Marion. They are set to open their home schedule on Tuesday, March 19 against the Radford Bobcats. Junior varsity action gets underway at 5:30, and the varsity contest is set to start at 7 p.m.