The tandem of freshman Olivia Holmes and junior Macy Franklin was lethal on the soccer field Wednesday.
The duo scored five of St. Stephens’ six goals, earning the Lady Indians a conference rivalry game victory against Fred T. Foard, 6-1, in Hickory.
“We looked like a pretty good team tonight,” said Indians coach Chuck Davis. “We put our passes together well and finished. It took us a little while to take a shot, but once we did, it was nice.”
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.
“We just are connected and know where each other is going to go,” Holmes said. “It was pretty exciting. That was great.”
Holmes returned the favor a minute later, finding Franklin in the midfield to put Saint up 2-0.
“We’ve always had forwards on our team that connect well,” Franklin said. “I think myself, Kayln (Meosky) and Olivia are all fast and we all want the ball.”
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 keeper’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.
“Everyone knows about Kalyn and Macy, but Olivia is a freshman and people are learning about her real quick,” Davis said. “The three of them together are pretty deadly. They are giving us lots of chances.”
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 Logan’s head.
“The thing about Foard is no matter what the score is, they are going to play hard,” Davis said. “I respect that of them and their coach. They were the better team in the second half.”
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.
“This conference is a beast,” Davis said. “Going into the Hickory game, it is nice to get a win. Playing Hickory at its place will be a battle. We haven’t beaten them in a while. I hope our girls are hungry.”