Lady Hornets Soccer
3/27/2015 at Chillicothe 6, Kirksville 0

Story by Coach Lance Harvey
     Chillicothe Lady Hornets won their second match in as many days, defeating Kirksville at home on Friday evening. Chilli controlled possession of the ball for the first 17 minutes and opened the scoring with a Mariah Cox goal and assist by Hannah Jones. Eight minutes later a beautiful pass by defender Baily Fox found the feet of Karson Keithley who finished into the back of the Kirksville net. Junior midfielder Natalie Minnick tallied a minute later, rushing onto a crossing ball from Keithley and firing a shot from close range. With ten minutes left in the half Kirksville was called for a penalty and senior Lindy Saunders stepped up and blasted a hard shot to the right side of the diving goalkeeper. The first half ended with Chillicothe leading 4-0.

     In the second half the Lady Tigers made some adjustments and put pressure on the Hornet defense but the senior laden group of Baily Fox, Hallee Jones, Brooke Nelson and Jozie Reeter along with GK Jaylene Sturguess held strong and cleared away all attempts to score. Saunders provided the goal of this early season when she beat her defender on the right side of the box and hit a screamer that sailed over the outstretched arms of Kirksville’s keeper and into the upper left corner of the goal.

     The rest of the game was marked by rough play and was a stalemate until freshman Harlie Jones was fouled in the box with 1 minute left. Having earned the penalty kick, Jones coolly stepped up and hit a left footed rocket that the keeper could only watch sail by.

     The coaches noted that keys to victory included the aggressive, controlling play from midfielder Sam Baldwin and the versatility of freshman Morgan Grable who was able to play several positions. Freshman Mykel Heese also provided valuable minutes. Sturguess and backup GK Brittany Derickson combined for the shutout. Next up for Chilli is an away game on Tuesday against conference foe Smithville.