By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editor
Five different players scored for Pulaski County Thursday night as they Lady Cougar soccer team completed a sweep of the Galax Maroon Tide by a final score of 5-0. The win was their second in a row, moving their overall record to 4-2.
The Lady Cougars got their first score of the contest just over four minutes into the first half when Kristina Simpkins drilled the ball from directly in front of the Galax net. Pulaski continued to assault the Galax goal, and ten minutes later Kaytlin Edwards struck on a break away shot to move the Lady Cougars ahead 2-0.
While the Pulaski offensive players were finding success, the defensive players decided to push their luck as well. With just over twenty minutes remaining in the first half, Briana Blankenship sent the ball into the goal box, and the hard hit shot bounced off of a Galax player to give Pulaski the 3-0 lead. Not wanting to be outdone by her defensive partner, Ericka Nash broke free and sent a shot past the Maroon Tide keeper for a goal of her own.
“We’ve talked a lot about being aggressive and making good runs,” said Lady Cougar Head Coach Tim McPeake. “I don’t want them to get stuck in the whole idea of staying in one spot. They need to play their positions, but they can also take the ball in for us. I told them if they had the ball, they were on offense. If they didn’t have the ball, play defense and try to get the ball back.”
The aggressive and attacking style of play the Lady Cougars have used this season continued to provide results through the final minutes of the first half. With just over four minutes left before the halftime break, Ciara Sarver got the ball past the Galax keeper for what would be the final score of the contest, giving Pulaski the 5-0 lead.
While there was no scoring in the second half, the Lady Cougar pressure on the Galax goal only grew stronger. At times it seemed as if Lauren Dunford had a personal grudge against the Maroon Tide keeper, as she sent shot after shot into the box. Morgan Midkiff, Casey Farmer, Moriah Hinton, Breanna Lowles, and Casey Reese contributed to the attack as well throughout the contest
“We need to keep getting better every game,” said Coach McPeake. “We start our district games next week, and those are always going to be tough. We can’t let up now and lose ground. We’ve come a long way.”
The Lady Cougars will open up the River Ridge District portion of their schedule on Tuesday when they host Christiansburg. Junior varsity action will get underway at 5:30, and the varsity game is scheduled for 7 p.m.