Rivals St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard met for the second time on the soccer field this season Friday. They didn’t disappoint.
The Lady Indians scored five minutes into the game, and held off an aggressive second half by the Lady Tigers to remain undefeated in Northwestern Conference play.
“It is the same old Foard-St. Stephens game,” said Lady Indians coach Chuck Davis. “It is always a one-goal game. I don’t care if it is raining, dry, cold or hot. They just get so pumped up to play against us.”
The game marked the third “Kick for the Cure”, which benefits the NC Foothills Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event raised over $1,000 last year.
Both teams donned pink clothing for the game. The soccer ball was also pink.
After the game got underway, St. Stephens (9-2-2, 6-0-1) scored in the fifth minute of the contest. Kalyn Meosky netted a goal on a corner kick.
“All teams bring their best when the play us,” Meosky said. “We always seem to be on top. They always want to knock us off. We are always ready.”
The Lady Indians played the remaining 75 minutes of the contest in attack mode, as they tried to score a second goal. They also tried to stop the Lady Tigers (7-6-0, 3-3-0) from scoring a goal to tie the game.
St. Stephens remained in control for most of the first half, as the denied Foard opportunities on offense. The Lady Indians took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, St. Stephens had numerous opportunities to put the game out of reach on offense, but couldn’t convert. Seven of their shots sailed over top of the crossbar.
“We had so many dangerous opportunities that we didn’t convert,” Davis said. “It was so frustrating. The longer is stays 1-0, the harder Foard started playing. We’ve been scoring the ball well. Last game, we had four goals by four different players. Tonight was just one of those frustrating games.”
Meosky says a lot of those mistakes were made because of the emotion of the game.
“The adrenaline is pumping,” Meosky said. “You know if you score, you will be up two goals, but if you miss, it is still a close game. There are so many thoughts going through your head when you get that ball.”
The Lady Tigers fought until the final buzzer, and they never gave up trying.
Foard goalkeeper Drew Worrells made numerous save attempts on shots by the Lady Indians.
“One thing we hang our hat on is hard work,” said Foard coach Stan Elliott. “We always tell the girls if they work hard, great things will happen. We’ve come close a few games, and we’ve lost some one-goal games. We are just hoping that one of these days, we’ll get on the other side of those games, and be winning those games.”
The win is the second one-goal victory for the Lady Indians this season against Fred T. Foard. St. Stephens defeated the Lady Tigers 2-1 on March 15.
As for Friday’s game, coach Davis is satisfied with the end result.
“A win is a win,” Davis said. “We are still undefeated in conference. I will take it.”