The first soccer game of the season was Friday, February 6, 2014, against the East Laurens Falcons at the Devil’s home field. The temperature at kickoff was perfect soccer weather at 50 degrees.
Within the first few minutes of the game, East Laurens scored to take an early 0-1 lead, but this did not stop the Lady Devils from pushing on to their fullest potential. As the Devils settled into the game, there were some attempts from forwards but the shots were either wide or to the keeper.
Even though we had the majority of possession, the Lady Falcons scored again with 26 minutes left to play, making the score 0-2.
Again, the Lady Devils persevered. Shortly after the Falcons scored, Reagan Thomas made a beautiful cross that floated across the box. She found Chelsea Wilson who headed the ball high and into the back of the net with 18 minutes left to play, resulting in a 1-2 score.
As the clock ticked down until under a minute to play, everyone expected the score to be 1-2 going into halftime, but the Devils thought differently. On a cross from Emmalyne Sisson, Wilson volleyed the ball into the upper side netting, tying the score up with only 14 seconds left to play in the half.
Six minutes into the second half, Thomas struck the ball from outside the 18 yard line, rattling it off the cross bar. The ball bounced straight up, though, and the keeper unsuccessfully tried to hit it out, resulting in a goal with 35 minutes left to play.
Quickly after this goal, Thomas once again took the ball and dribbled around two players. She shot the ball hard and to near post, resulting in a 4-2 score with 32 minutes left to play.
The Devils continued to hammer the Falcons and dominate possession. As the clock ran down, sophomore, Ashley Williams, scored in the last 38 seconds, making the final score 5-2, giving the Lady Devils their first season victory.
Coach Brian Thomas commented after the game, “I thought they played good for their first time. After the two early goals, they settled down and played their game. We need to work on not giving up goals early which we talked about at halftime and fixed in the second half. Overall, I was pleased with our first performance.”
Their next home game will be Tuesday, February 24, against Wayne at 5:30 P.M.