Barlow - The Lady Bombers took a tough loss on September 10 in a shootout against Paducah Tilghman. The regulation game ended in a 2-2 tie, with senior attacking midfielder Millicent Green scoring both goals for the team. The first was off of an assist from senior attacking midfielder Hailey Houston, and the second was from a Penalty Kick after the Lady Tornados had a handball in the box.
The team played two five-minute sudden deaths with several nice offensive runs, but with no score. Seniors Lyndsey Grief, Green, and Houston missed their PKs in the shootout, while Paducah Tilghman scored all three of their first attempts, taking 3 out of 5. The game ended with District loss 2-3.
Lady Bomber coach Donna Green said she was proud but equally confident that the team’s best is yet to come this season. “The Lady Bombers are consistently playing a strong passing game and keeping possession with good foot skills and 1v1 defense, but we have to step up the finishing,” said Green. “We literally out passed, possessed, and shot our opponent, but all it takes is 1 goal. We know what we have to work on, and it is fixable.”
Following their disheartening loss on Tuesday, the Lady Bombers came back on Thursday to take on Mayfield for a second time this season. Once again, they dominated the field, just as they had done back on August 22nd when they beat the Lady Cardinals 8-2 on Mayfield’s home turf. This time, the Lady Bombers took a 7-1 win over Mayfield. Seniors scored all of the goals with a hat trick by Green and one goal each by midfielder Shelby Rollings, Lyndsey Grief, Hailey Houston, and fullback Abbi Denton.
Green and sophomore midfielder Kylee Heal both had assists, and goalkeeper Jade Babb had 4 saves in goal.
Although Mayfield’s Kayla Terrell landed a goal within the first 5 minutes of play, the game was rather slow going. Working together, the Lady Bombers repeated their strategy from their contest with Paducah Tilghman; they showed strong passing and utilized good foot skills to keep possession of the ball. They also took several shots on goal.
One particularly good play involving teamwork had Heal taking the ball up the field to Grief who crossed it to junior forward Haley Bohn. Unfortunately, Bohn couldn’t complete the play and did not score.
Coach Green said the team was focusing on speed of play and combinations, which she felt did not show until the second half. “It was the first game of the season we did not have to battle heat,” said Green. “The bench saw plenty of playing time.”
Statistics (PTHS game)
Goals- Millicent Green (2)
Assists-Hailey Houston (1)
Statistics (Mayfield game)
Goals- Millicent Green (3), Abbi Denton (1), Lyndsey Grief (1), Hailey Houston (1), and Shelby Rollings (1).
Assists- Millicent Green (1), and Kylee Heal (1)