Lady Dawgs drop match to visiting GCA

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Cornersville goalkeeper Mikaela King runs out of trouble after making a save against Grace Christian Academy from Franklin Thursday night at Cornersville. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Lady Bulldogs (2-3, 2-2) welcomed its second straight undefeated district opponent to Cornersville on Thursday night when Grace Christian Franklin (4-2, 4-0) paid a visit and much like the previous game against Fairview, the home team played a well fought game but could not get much going on the offensive end and ended up with a 4-1 loss.

Going outside

"We tried to get to the outside which I think we did really good early on in the second half," freshman Sydney Downs, who scored the Bulldogs lone goal, said. "We got down there several times we just couldn't get the shots to go in."

The squads battled neck-and-neck for the first 20 minutes with neither team giving an inch before Grace Christian Academy (GCA) finally broke through with a goal with 17 minutes left in the first half.

After another battle of the defenders, the Lions scored goal two with just five minutes left in the period and the Bulldogs went into halftime with a manageable 2-0 deceit.

"We needed to communicate and spread out and make triangles to help move forward and not stay backward," Lady Bulldog defender Anna Allen said.

Goalie strong

The Bulldogs struggled on offense to start the second half giving the Lions an offensive advantage but Cornersville goalie Mikaela King stopped shot after shot from GCA before finally giving up the third goal of the night on a corner kick defection.

The Lions scored its fourth and final goal of the night with 10 minutes remaining, but the Lady Dawgs finally made their way onto the scoreboard when Taylor Powers broke free for a wide open shot with the clock winding down when she was knocked down by a GCA defender to set up a penalty kick.

Junior Kenzie Chandler blocks a GCA kick during Cornersville's 4-1 loss on Thursday.

Downs was selected to take the shot and the freshman eased one past the Lions goalkeeper to break the scoreless streak in the 4-1 setback.

Needed to scor

"What was going through my head was that I needed to score because we were down 4-0," Downs said. "I think we need to work on crosses and getting across the goal to get more opportunities to shoot."

Despite the loss, Cornersville held the Lady Lions to their third lowest scoring output of the season and have held the top two teams in the district to just nine goals the past two games.

"We didn't have the heart to beat this team tonight," Allen said. "We didn't work together and we didn't communicate."

The Bulldogs look to break its two game losing streak Tuesday at Wayne County (2-4) before traveling to Creek Wood (1-3) on Thursday, both very winnable games for Cornersville.