Shackle Island – The Lady Wave started fast and jumped out to a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game before holding on for the 2-1 victory. The Lady Wave controlled play for most of the first half with Beech gaining possession just a handful of times.
Bri Fitts took a tic-tac-toe up the middle of the defense for the first score and Drew Dyer banged one home from five yards out off of a Lady Buc misplay in front of the goal for the 2-0 halftime lead.
“I told the kids at the half that a 2-0 lead was nothing, we let them stay around when we had plenty of chances to finish and be up with a comfortable lead,” said Gallatin coach Greg Harper.
“I was proud of the way we fought, but we gave up two easy goals from our lack of intensity and just not paying attention to what was in front of us. We can play at a much faster pace, so it’s frustrating to come out slow.,” said Beech coach John Ferguson.
The play was back-and-forth for much of the second half with both teams getting a pair of chances each. The Lady Bucs took control of the game the last twenty and had at least four point-blank opportunities, but converted just one.
“A couple of crosses were too close to the goalie; we had more than enough chances to score several goals tonight in the second half,” added Ferguson.
“I am really frustrated right now. We are a senior-laden team. They have worked so hard the last couple of years and for some reason, they are not playing and executing the way they know-how. The effort is not really there either. We are gonna have to go back to practice and see if we can get this straightened out. I am just so disappointed that we aren’t getting more senior leadership,” added Harper.
Hayley Burroughs, knocked one home from 12 yards out with ten minutes left, and the Lady Bucs turned up the intensity even more. However, it was not to be as Gallatin keeper Emma Donley kept the Lady Bucs from scoring the game-tying goal.