Lady Patriots beat Berea 3-1
STANFORD — The Lincoln County girls soccer team collected its fifth win of the season Tuesday night, with a 3-1 victory over Berea.
The Lady Patriots, who were coming off back-to-back tie games on their home pitch against Somerset and Marion County, pushed in all three goals in the second half to earn the win.
Three different Lady Patriots figured in the win, with sophomore midfielder Haylee Griffin getting Lincoln (5-7-3) on the board first. After a scoreless first half, Griffin tallied off a deflection, following through with a shot in behind Berea keeper Emily Maynard with 29:47 left in the second half.
It took less than three minutes for Lincoln to get back into goal for the score which would prove to be the game winner. Karissa McLaren, a senior midfielder, moved to center goal and punched in the shot. Maynard stood between McLaren’s shot and the net, but the ball rolled right between her legs and into the net for a 2-1 Lincoln lead with 26:52 on the clock.
Lincoln would score all three of its goals within a span of less than five minutes. One minute, 48 seconds after McLaren’s goal, with 25:04 showing, freshman midfielder Payton Byrd scored to push the Lady Pat lead to 3-0.
Taylor Prewitt, Lincoln’s goalkeeper, appeared to have a shutout in the books as the final minutes of the game ticked away only to be denied by Berea.
Madison Cummins, a senior midfielder for the Lady Pirates, worked to the left side of goal and booted in Berea’s lone goal with just 2:11 to play.
Lincoln could have posted a significantly larger margin of victory had it not been for the strong performance in goal by Berea’s Maynard.
Lincoln controlled the ball the entire first half, pounding 10 shots on goal on Maynard. She had saves on eight of the 10 shots.
Lincoln continued to fire on Maynard in the second half, finally managing three shots on the junior keeper. Maynard also had eight saves in the second half off 15 Lincoln shots on goal.
Berea (3-11) had just two shots on goal in the second half, with Cummins making good on the second shot.