Oct. 9, 2012 — The finale of the regular season can often times be a good indicator of how a team will fare in the postseason.
Last Thursday’s home final for the Rowan County Lady Vikings soccer squad should serve a lot of promise for this week’s district tournament, as the girls in green impressed its home crowd with a 6-1 victory over visiting Sayre.
From the opening kickoff, it was all Rowan County, all the time.
Four of Rowan County’s six goals were scored in the first half, including two by freshman Montanna Minor, marking her first two-goal game of her career.
Deanna May, Haley DeVaney, Hannah Neeper and Ally Hackney, who each scored one apiece, joined Minor in the goal department.
Rowan County Head Coach Randy Wallace expressed confidence in his team’s scoring ability headed into the postseason.
“I think we have came a long way in the scoring department,” Wallace said. “These girls have worked very hard on the fundamentals of delivering a good shot, and I feel that it really shows. We are hoping this will make a big difference for us next week.”
In addition to solid defensive performances from several Rowan County players, other departments saw success in the home finale.
Rowan County junior goalie Ashley Burton was inside the nets for the win, while Hannah Bandura and Hackney helped to deliver big assists on the night.
Set to take on Bath County in Owingsville last night in the first round of the 61st District tournament after press time, Wallace said it would be essential for his team to play at a high level.
“Sometimes when you come into a game which you are supposed to win, you can tend to keep your foot off the gas a little too much and that can get you into trouble,” Wallace said. “We’ve been playing well now three games in a row, and I think it is highly possible for us to end up playing in some big regional games."
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