Sometimes fate is hard to beat.
Lafayette Christian sophomore forward Devon Taylor recognizes that. Taylor and the Lady Cougars played some enthusiastic and hardcore soccer on Monday afternoon, and LCS still lost at home to Calvary Christian, 6-2.
The Lady Cougars did compete. But they did not win.
“We had a lot of runs, but this is a building year. It was still fun to play,” said Taylor. “Sometimes you work real hard and lose.”
That was the soccer case on this afternoon for the Lady Cougars. They did lead early, 1-0 on a Taylor 8-yard goal in the first five minutes of the soccer game.
Calvary Christian would soon knot the match up at 1-1 on a 12-yard goal from Amanda Woolbright. The Lady Knights would go on and score the next two goals as well with a 5-yard shot from Abby Osbourne, followed by a 3-yard goal from Woolbright.
The Lady Knights would take a 3-1 advantage against Lafayette Christian in the first half. The Lady Cougars were still very much in this game, however.
“We passed better (than the previous match), and we controlled the ball,” said Lafayette Christian senior midfielder Olivia Petrus.
The Lady Cougars would chop the Calvary Christian lead to 3-2 on a 3-yard goal from sophomore forward Cate Skipworth late in the first half. The Lady Knights took a razor-thin one-goal lead to halftime.
Lafayette Christian was putting some pressure on Calvary Christian, the talented team out of Columbus. The Lady Cougars gave the Lady Knights something to think about.
But the second half belonged to Calvary Christian. The Lady Knights outscored Lafayette Christian, 3-0 in the final 40 minutes of the game. Petrus very nearly scored for the LCS girls, however, on a 10-yard shot in the second half.
Calvary Christian did not misfire on their scoring chances. The Lady Knights scored in the second half on a Woolbright 15-yard goal and a Libby Brooks 2-yard goal.
“We passed the ball around. We found some through balls. We have good chemistry, speed and effort,” said Calvary Christian head coach Meosha Hatcher. “We worked to get back on defense, too.”
The Lady Knights then scored some more. Calvary Christian’s last goal of the game came on a 20-yard moon shot from freshman midfielder Madi Osborne. She has blasted the ball into the net for 17 goals this year.
Osborne is still a team player.
“We connect on our passes and power through. We’re a close team, and we know
how to play,” said Osborne.
The Lady Knights are 12-5 this spring. Lafayette Christian is now 1-8, but the Lady Cougars have qualified for the State Soccer Tournament in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association.
Lafayette Christian will open the state playoffs this Saturday at 4 p.m. at Westminster Christian Academy in Watkinsville.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer