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Lady Cougar soccer falls to Cave Spring

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

David Gravely/SWT – Brooke Arnold makes a move during a recent game.

ROANOKE – The Pulaski County Lady Cougar soccer team has shown improvements this season, but Friday the team took a tough loss to the Cave Spring Knights in Roanoke that was much closer than the final score indicated.

 

“We had a series of unfortunate things happen in the final few minutes,” said Head Coach Ainsley McDougal. “We played tough against the Knights, but things just got a little crazy at the end. We’re better than the score indicates.”

 

The first half ended with the Knights leading the Lady Cougars 2-1, leaving the Lady Cougars well within striking distance. The score remained that way until there were only three minutes remaining in the contest.

 

“It’s tough to explain, but anything that could have gone against us did in those last three minutes,” McDougal said.

 

First the Lady Cougars were called for a penalty inside the box, leading to a penalty kick that the Knights were able to make good on. Slippery and wet field conditions made things tough on the Lady Cougar defense. Slips and poor footing led to two more goals in the final seconds of the game to leave the Lady Cougars with the 1-5 loss.

 

Brooke Arnold had one shot and one goal in the game. Hailey Simpson had four shots on goal. Sarah Crabtree and Emma Hay had one shot each. Goalie Bailley Nash finished the game with 25 saves.

 

The Lady Cougars are scheduled to host Christiansburg Friday, April 12. Junior varsity action should get underway at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.

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