Smoky Mountain split a pair of Mountain Six Conference soccer games last week.
The Lady Mustangs (5-9, 2-6) won 7-0 April 24 at Brevard. Both league wins have been over the Lady Devils.
Top-ranked Hendersonville downed SM 3-1 April 22 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
Anna Morgan and Shea Sutton both scored three goals at Brevard.
“We started out slow,” Coach Mark Sides said. “When we were on defense, we made it harder on ourselves by letting them get a little bit of an attack and starting from the back.”
Eliza Macaulay opened the scoring when she took a cross from Morgan and finished at the 10:34 mark.
Morgan scored twice in less than two minutes for a 3-0 lead. She connected off a give and go with Sutton at the 24:06 mark.
Morgan struck again at the 27:40 mark. Sutton and Brevard’s keeper were racing to the ball. The keeper kicked the ball, but it went straight to Morgan, who had an open net.
The halftime score was 4-0 after Morgan’s goal with an assist from Lynsey Youmans at the 37:11 mark.
Sutton scored her three goals in a span of less than five minutes.
Morgan assisted on the first one at 56:44, and Melanie Hoyle provided the assist at 59:03.
Sutton’s final goal was a header at the 61:30 mark off an assist by Lucy McRae.
“In the second half we did a better job of stepping to the ball,” Sides said. “We didn’t give them the chance to create anything. That helped our offense out a lot.”
SM dominated play with a 26-11 advantage in shots. Margaret Heinneman made six saves for the Lady Devils, and Raegan Eggleston had five. Willow Messer made three saves for the Lady Mustangs. Sutton played the last 10 minutes in goal and had two saves.
“As a team we played well, especially in the second half,” Sides said. “We were getting off more shots and allowing fewer shots.”
Although the game against Hendersonville was a 3-1 loss, the score was much closer than the 10-1 margin the first time the teams played. That game was called early in the second half on the nine-goal rule.
“Playing the number one team in the state and handling ourselves like we did was definitely a positive even though we didn’t get the win,” Sides said. “We limited their shots and didn’t give up too many easy chances.”
As for the difference in the two games, he said, “We were going to the ball and playing with a lot more energy. At Hendersonville we let them choose what to do and then reacted to it instead of putting ourselves in good position.”
The Lady Bearcats scored early as Maya Gash put in a header off a corner kick at the 2:22 mark, but that was their only goal of the first half.
Ellie Bowen’s goal at the 47:25 mark made it 2-0.
The Lady Mustangs were thinking upset when they cut the gap to 2-1 on Sutton’s goal at the 61:29 mark. The keeper ran into a defender and Sutton put the ball over the top and into the net.
Hendersonville’s Alexis Retzbach answered with a goal off a corner kick at the 64:35 mark.
“I was proud of the way the girls reacted,” Sides said. “I think they kind of redeemed themselves for the performance at Hendersonville.”
The Lady Bearcats controlled play with a 25-8 advantage in shots. Camryn Coggins made three saves, and Katie Parce had one for Hendersonville.
Messer had 10 saves for SM.