Jr. Lady Cats take first soccer loss of season

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Lauren Storie, #21, controls the ball for LA.

Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats played back-to-back contests on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 9 and 10 against conference foes DeKalb County and Cumberland County.

All teams are in standings battles to see how each will finish going into the final weeks of the regular season. Overton County came into the games in first place with Cumberland a close second and DeKalb fighting for a final playoff spot.

DeKalb came to LA on Thursday and gave the Jr. Lady Wildcats a battle for 60 minutes.

Tara Hinds put Overton County up early with a goal, but found it difficult to get anything else going offensively.

DeKalb made a defensive mistake and allowed a goal from a deflection off one of their own players into the back of the net, putting Overton County up 2-0 at half. There would be many offensive opportunities for the Jr. Lady Cats in second half, but they did not capitalize.

DeKalb would put up a goal to apply pressure, but would not be enough to pull the upset, ending the game 2-1.

Cumberland County made the trip on Friday looking to hand the Jr. Lady Wildcats their first loss of the season, and they came out on the offensive and struck first and often. Cumberland would put up 3 goals early into the first half, sending Overton County reeling and on the defensive; however, the Jr. Lady Wildcats would make a frantic formation change to counter the offensive attack from Cumberland and would be able to turn the momentum going into halftime with two goals from Saige Howard and Tara Hinds to go into halftime by only a 3-2 deficit.

Cumberland came out in the second half and put up a quick score in the initial minutes to swing the momentum back to them. Saige Howard gave the Jr. Lady Cats life once again with a free kick goal from outside the box to swing the pendulum once again.

Overton would put Cumberland on the defensive but could not find the net for the tying goal and the game would end with a 4-3 loss for the Jr. Lady Wildcats, giving them their first loss of the season.