• Emma Read takes a shot from the right side of the box for a Lumpkin goal. The Lady Indians started the 2019 season off with consecutive wins against Union County and East Jackson.

-Girls soccer begins season with 2-0 record

Last week marked another strong start to a season by the LCHS varsity girls soccer team, as the Lady Indians defeated both Union County and East Jackson to start the 2019 season with a 2-0 record.

The Lady Indians got the season started off in grand style when they traveled to take on the Union County Lady Panthers on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Freshman Reagan Spivey recorded her first varsity goal for the Lady Indians in the 18th minute of the match. Spivey chased down a loose ball in the box and blasted a shot past the Lady Panthers’ keeper to give Lumpkin a 1-0 advantage.

The Lady Indians struck again in the 39th minute of the match when Ashley Read scored off an assist by LCHS striker Hope Kenney. Read’s goal upped the Lady Indians’ lead to 2-0.

Lumpkin took the 2-0 lead into the halftime break.

Lumpkin kept pressuring and scored its third goal of the match in the 62nd minute. Read recorded her second goal of the match when she walloped a rocket shot from 30 yards out off a Gracie Luesing pass. Read’s second goal extended the Lady Indians’ lead to 3-0.

Lumpkin sealed the deal in the 75th minute when Read completed her hat trick and booted in her third goal of the match. Read caught the Union County keeper off her line and blasted a shot from 35 yards out that found its way to the back of the net.

The Lady Indians held on to win the match by a final score of 4-0.

Lumpkin’s defense and LCHS keeper Charlotte Cunningham recorded a shutout against the Lady Panthers’ offensive attack. The clean sheet marked the first of the season for Cunningham.

“We got a shutout with a defense that played a very good game,” said LCHS head girls soccer coach Don Brock. “Kinlee Abercrombie led the way.”

The win started the Lady Indians off with a 1-0 overall record to begin the 2019 season.

Lumpkin looked to keep its winning ways going when the Lady Indians took on the East Jackson Lady Eagles at the Burial Grounds at Cottrell Field on Friday, Feb. 8.

One of the most dangerous Lumpkin players when touching the ball, Lady Indian Kenney scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the match to get Lumpkin out to a 3-0 lead.

Kenney’s speed, control, spectacular dribbling ability and knack to finish allowed her to dissect the defensive backline of the Lady Eagles.

Despite holding on to a commanding 3-0 advantage, the Lady Indians never let up and continued to bring the attack to the Lady Eagles. The results was eight first half goals and an 8-0 halftime lead.

Emma Read scored twice for Lumpkin in the first half while her sister Ashley Read, McKenzie Tatum and Spivey each scored once for the Lady Indians in the half.

In the second half, the Lady Indians gave Adrienne Hilchie a chance to put in her first varsity minutes in goal and moved regular keeper Cunningham to the striker position.

“We are giving Charlotte an opportunity to play the field,” Brock said. “You don’t get many chances to let your keeper get some time on the pitch, so we might as well use this opportunity.”

The Lady Indians tried to feed Cunningham for the majority of the second half, in an effort to give their regular keeper a chance to record a goal on the season.

Cunningham was not able to get a goal in the match and the Lady Indians were held scoreless in the second half.

In the end, the Lady Indians emerged victorious by a final score of 8-0.

“We are playing really well,” Brock said. “Things are coming together for us. We just need to stay focused and continue to improve.”

The victory allowed the Lady Indians to start the 2019 season undefeated at 2-0.

At press time, the Lady Indians were set to host Forsyth Central at the Burial Grounds at Cottrell Field on Tuesday, Feb. 12. No official results were available.

The LCHS varsity girls soccer team will get back on the pitch when they host the Banks County Lady Leopards this Friday, Feb. 15, at the Burial Grounds at Cottrell Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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