The Walker Valley Lady Mustangs used a strong possession game and kept Bradley Central on the defensive for the better part of the afternoon to score a 2-0 District 5-AAA soccer win Tuesday, at Walker Valley.
“We came out and we did what we needed to do. We possessed the ball extremely well,” said Lady Mustangs coach Nate Brown. “Most of the play was on their half of the field and we dictated the play, which was great. We moved the ball and had possession. I was very happy with that.”
The Lady Mustangs missed a chance to take the lead with just over one minute left in the first half, when Macy Gibson sent a shot toward the net that ricocheted off the right corner of the crossbar.
Gibson made up for the miss seconds before the half ended on a header off a corner kick by Sydney Ellis that found the back of the net, sending the Lady Mustangs into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead.
Ashley Eulo extended the Walker Valley lead in the 56th minute with the only goal of the second half, that gave the Lady Mustangs (6-4, 1-1 district 5-AAA) a 2-0 lead.
“Ashley Eulo did extremely well today. She got the second goal for us and played really well,” praised Brown.
The Bearettes (5-7, 2-2) played well and had chances to do some damage in both halves, but were unable to take advantage of opportunities against a stingy Lady Mustangs defense.
“We definitely didn't take advantage of our chances. I can't really be disappointed in our performance, it's just finishing our opportunities. It's really what we've been working on and it's been our focal point this year,” said Bearettes coach Savannah Edwards. “We're still moving forward with that and I'm hoping something will string together and we can get that gelling eventually. I think from the beginning we've improved.”
The Lady Mustangs host Cleveland Thursday, looking for a second consecutive district win.
“Our defense did extremely well. If we can tighten up defense a bit we are going to score. We are going to score — it was proved again today. Shout out to our defense,” Brown said.
“It was very unlucky because we had quite a few shots. We counted 22 shots on target. We've got to do a better job of converting. Hats off to Bradley Central, they are coached by a great coach and they've got some great players.”
The Bearettes have some time to relax and prepare for Tuesday's home game against East Ridge.
“What we've been teaching as coaches is they have to mentally step up. That's the next level for us. I think we are going forward and that's just another little milestone we have to hit,” said Edwards.