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The tandem of freshman Olivia Holmes and junior Macy Franklin was lethal on the soccer field Wednesday.
The duo scored five of St. Stephensâ€™ six goals, earning the Lady Indians a conference rivalry game victory against Fred T. Foard, 6-1, in Hickory.
â€śWe looked like a pretty good team tonight,â€ť said Indians coach Chuck Davis. â€śWe put our passes together well and finished. It took us a little while to take a shot, but once we did, it was nice.â€ť
St. Stephens (6-1-1, 2-0-0) raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead behind Holmes and Franklin.
In the 16th minute, Holmes scored the first Lady Indians goal on an assist from Franklin.
Holmes said the goals were a product of being familiar with one another.
â€śWe just are connected and know where each other is going to go,â€ť Holmes said. â€śIt was pretty exciting. That was great.â€ť
Holmes returned the favor a minute later, finding Franklin in the midfield to put Saint up 2-0.
â€śWeâ€™ve always had forwards on our team that connect well,â€ť Franklin said. â€śI think myself, Kayln (Meosky) and Olivia are all fast and we all want the ball.â€ť
Holmes and Franklin scored one more goal each in the first half.
Franklin pocketed her second goal in the 23rd minute on a penalty kick due to a handball inside the keeperâ€™s box, while Holmes raced unassisted in the 27th minute to put the Indians up 4-0.
Meosky added a late Saint goal in the first half on an assist by Tina Voudouris to give the Lady Indians a 5-0 halftime lead.
â€śEveryone knows about Kalyn and Macy, but Olivia is a freshman and people are learning about her real quick,â€ť Davis said. â€śThe three of them together are pretty deadly. They are giving us lots of chances.â€ťÂ
Foard (6-2-2, 1-1-1) attempted to come back in the game. Katheryn McGinnis scored for the Lady Tigers on a free kick from 35 yards out, sailing a ball over Saint goalkeeper Taylor Loganâ€™s head.
â€śThe thing about Foard is no matter what the score is, they are going to play hard,â€ť Davis said. â€śI respect that of them and their coach. They were the better team in the second half.â€ť
Sealing the game late, Holmes added her third goal, outsprinting two defenders for the hat trick.
The Indians turn their attention to a key NWC match-up with Hickory (7-3-0, 2-0-0) on Friday.
â€śThis conference is a beast,â€ť Davis said. â€śGoing into the Hickory game, it is nice to get a win. Playing Hickory at its place will be a battle. We havenâ€™t beaten them in a while. I hope our girls are hungry.â€ťView more articles in: