Lady Flashes advance in soccer playoffs

Published 12:04 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2011

St. Aloysius started what it hopes will be a lengthy playoff run with an impressive first step.

Haylee Prescott scored two goals, and Nicole Hayward and Riley Griffith had one apiece as the Lady Flashes beat Philadelphia 4-1 in a first-round Class 1A-2A-3A game Tuesday night.

St. Al (9-9-1) will host either South Pontotoc or Winona in a second-round game on Saturday. South Pontotoc and Winona play Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in a game delayed by wintry weather.

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“It feels really good. Survive and advance,” St. Al coach Suzie Channell said.

Hayward gave St. Al (9-9-1) the lead 14 with her goal 14 minutes into the first half. Despite numerous opportunities, the Lady Flashes didn’t add to it until Prescott scored early in the second half. Prescott added another goal and Griffith put in the final one as St. Al outshot Philadelphia 17-7.

Griffith had two assists, while Hayward had one.

“We had tons and tons of shots in the first half and we couldn’t finish them. I told them to pound the net and they did,” Channell said.