Slow start adds up to bust for Lady Vikes

Published 11:22 am Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SOUTHAVEN – DeSoto Central coach Jennifer Lindsey knows all about Warren Central soccer as a former Lady Vike.

On Tuesday, Lindsey put aside her feelings for her alma mater and guided her Lady Jaguars to a Class 6A first round playoff win.

DeSoto got two goals from Alex Jones and one from Jessica Jones to beat Warren Central 3-1.

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DeSoto Central (15-4-3) will host Madison Central in a second-round match on Saturday. The loss ends Warren Central’s season at 11-9-2.

Lindsey also knows what a first-round loss feels like. In 2010, she watched her sister, Kelli Brewer, lead the Vicksburg Missy Gators past her Lady Jaguars in the first round. In the season opener this season, Lindsey brought her DeSoto team to Vicksburg to play both WC and the Missy Gators. She left town with a split. DeSoto beat Vicksburg, but lost to WC 3-1.

This time, the tables were turned. Warren Central seemed lost for the first 15 minutes as DeSoto dominated play. The Lady Jaguars got two goals and it was an uphill climb for Warren Central.

Lindsey said it was a bittersweet win.

“I played at Warren Central. I have two nieces, Kara and Katie Martin on the team, and Trey (Banks) and I have known each other for a long time,” said Lindsey, who graduated from WC in 1999. “It’s always a good game when we play.”

Banks just wished his team could have played the first 15 minutes like they did for the last 65.

“Minus those 15 minutes and it’s 1-1 or 1-0 our way,” Banks said. “We came out flat and they took advantage of us.”

The first goal by Alex Jones was particularly unsettling. She dribbled through three defenders and blasted a 20-yarder past WC keeper Katie Humphries just four minutes into the match.

“We knew she was a good player, because we had played them earlier,” Banks said.

At the 19:28 mark of the first half, DeSoto’s lead expanded to 2-0 after Jessica Jones’ goal.

The Lady Vikes started to pick up their play at that point and with 8:11 left in the half, Taylor Hanes broke free for a 1-on-1 with DeSoto keeper, Dremnan Nemnich. Lindsey Burris blasted a 45-yard kick that Hanes ran down and then booted into the net to make it 2-1.

With under nine minutes to play, WC earned two good chances. Lindsey Barfield found Hanes on the wing, but her shot was stopped. Two minutes later, Burris had another shot, but it was also tipped away.

In the final four minutes, the Lady Vikes got their only corner kick of the game, but Kylee Burke’s offering went high and wide.

As WC continued to push, DeSoto made a quick counter punch and Alex Jones was left with a 1-on-1 with Humphries. She nailed the match-sealing goal for a 3-1 edge.

DeSoto outshot WC 17-9. Humphries made 12 saves for the Lady Vikes.