Lady Bulldog streak continues

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cornersville started the girls soccer season 1-4-1 with a roster full of underclassmen before hitting its stride by winning four of five including a three-game winning streak entering Thursday's game against D-II private school Zion Christian Academy.

The Lady Bulldogs (6-5-1) pushed that run to four by breaking a 1-1 tie late in the game on an Anna Claire Foster shot to stun the Eagles 2-1.

In the groove

"We're starting to get a lot more flow, a lot more rhythm between players," Coach Lindsey Browning said. "So finally now that we've gotten later on in the season they've figured it out and it's making us move the ball more fluidly than we did before."

Senior Hope Taylor scored the only Cornersville goal in the first half as the Lady Dawgs ended tied despite out shooting the Eagles.

"The first half wasn't right at all and we came in the second half talking about things we know how to do," Browning said. "We just needed to settle down a bit and play ball the way we know how to play ball. We came back out, executed and it worked for us."

The Eagles weren't able to get anything going offensively in large part because sophomore goalie Mikeala King was like a brick in front of the goal, coming up with 13 saves on 14 shots for the game with the shutout after intermission.

Talking and fixing

"We weren't talking at all in the first half so we were all clumped up," King said. "We made our adjustments, we talked more, we spread out, we fixed our problems and we won. We've really banded together as a team this season."

Just when the game seemed to headed for a draw, Foster kicked in a high arcing shot just over the outstretched hands of the Zion goalkeeper for the game-winner.

"The younger players are getting the hang of it now," said Foster, a senior. "We have a young team and I was nervous about that but we've pulled it off and we've been really good lately."

Browning echoed that sentiment.

"When the season first started I thought we'd be doing good if we pulled off three or four wins just knowing how young we were," she said. "Now that we've gotten into the season they started tasting what winning feels like, it's good and they want it even more than they did before."

The Bulldogs will look to push that winning streak to five at 5:30 p.m. Monday against struggling Wayne County (0-12, 0-5).