Lady Cyclones stopped by defending champs

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The first of three consecutive tests for the Community Christian School girls soccer team against the top three teams in its 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference did not go well for the Lady Cyclones on Tuesday evening.

Visiting Kerr-Vance Academy, the reigning North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion, delivered a 9-0 defeat to the Lady Cyclones, who dropped to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in CIC play.

CCS head coach Monica Mills said her young team is going to find out what it is made of as the Lady Cyclones face conference leader Rocky Mount Academy and third-place St. Thomas More Academy next week. 

“We have two more tough games, but then after that we can compete,” Mills said. “I feel like since they’re young and they’re learning so we can build from (those games). This will be a good learning experience because how you lose teaches you as much as winning, because they had two great wins with PKs and overtime. I think that gave them a lesson of how to deal with and hold a game but this is going to teach them that we need to work harder overall.”

The Lady Cyclones did a good job of keeping the Lady Spartans (4-0, 2-0 CIC) out of the scoring column in the first 10 minutes as Kerr-Vance got eight shots at the goal. But the Lady Spartans broke through in the 10th minute with a goal from Ashley Dickerson, assisted by Lorena Negron. The Lady Spartans would score three more goals in the next 17 minutes, all assisted on or scored by Negron.

CCS was only able to cross into Lady Spartans territory four times in the first half and only once got close to the net. In the second half, the Lady Cyclones were able to get near the Lady Spartans net four times led by the aggressiveness of freshman Ebony Williams and eighth grader Bobbiann Lee, but they never were able to register a shot on goal. 

“We see where we need to work on possessing a little more,” Mills said. “They worked on being in better position on plays like corner kicks. We have some good leaders and older girls and I think we can push through.