The Western Hills Lady Wolverines sent their seniors out in style with a 6-0 victory over Bryan Station on senior night Monday at Sower Soccer Complex.
“They are starting to finally take control of the game and come together,” WHHS assistant coach Benji Toncray said. “They’re beginning to understand their roles now and they’re taking control.”
Bryan Station (2-8-1) threatened the Lady Wolverines’ side of the field multiple times in the first half, with Western Hills struggling to put the ball into the back of the net.
That was until Brenna Burton passed a shot to fellow senior Carson Cline, who made a shot from 30 yards out over the goalkeeper’s outstretched hands with 6:58 left to play in the first half.
Cline missed a majority of the season with a bone contusion in her left knee, an injury that occurred against Mercer County Aug. 22. It was her first game back and she showed up in a big way.
Cline scored twice for the Lady Wolverines during Monday’s game.
“I was scared mainly because I was worried about how my knee would hold up and then if I would be in shape since I have been sitting on the couch for the past four weeks,” Cline said.
“I didn’t think my goal was going to go in — we were just kind of watching it and then I saw it go and all started screaming.”
The Lady Wolverines (3-3-1) entered halftime with a 1-0 advantage over Bryan Station.
Fellow senior Hayley Greenwell added to the score when she sent the ball in on a free kick with 33:06 to play in the second half.
“After that first goal goes in, no matter who, when or where, we step up,” Greenwell said. “Everyone stepped up their intensity and got confidence all of a sudden.”
Another Bryan Station error aided the Lady Wolverines, when Cline was tripped in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Cline booted the ball in for the goal for a 3-0 lead with 28:10 to play.
“We came out flat-footed in the second half at the beginning, but about 5 to 10 minutes in we started communicating better and moving off the ball better,” Toncray said.
Then with 7:09 remaining in the game, Cline took a shot on goal, which was saved by the keeper and deflected back out to freshman Savannah Crawford, who sent the ball into the net.
Crawford’s goal made the score 4-0 WHHS.
The Lady Wolverines didn’t let up from there as senior Taylor Aubrey dribbled the ball straight into the goal less than 2 minutes later.
Western Hills freshman Tamara Rudic scored her team’s sixth goal with 1:28 remaining.
Junior MacKenzie Jones started in goal for the Lady Wolverines, before Cline subbed in after a 4-0 lead. Freshman Courtney Smith took over in goal with less than two minutes to play.
Chelsea Anderson-Cooper was in goal for the Lady Defenders the entire game.
Western Hills has five seniors, including Aubrey, Burton, Cline, Greenwell, Allie Morris and Kolby Richardson.
“It’s bittersweet,” Greenwell said. “We’ve all stepped up and become leaders on the field.”