Lady Mavs shut out Warren Central

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday night’s heavy rains kept sliding past Viking Stadium, but the Warren Central Lady Vikes could not escape a pair of first-half goals by Germantown.

The visiting Lady Mavericks (8-3-1) withstood a strong Warren Central offensive push in the second half to claim a 2-0 win in the nondivision match.

Despite the loss that dropped his team to 6-4-2, Warren Central coach Trey Banks saw some things he liked.

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“We’re going to push forward from this and take what we learned into our Friday match with Pearl and into next week’s division match against Vicksburg,” Banks said. “Our keeper (McKenzie Page) made a mistake on Germantown’s first goal, but she’s still learning and I liked the way she responded in the second half. The second goal was well-earned.”

Nine minutes into the game, Page tried to clear away a Germantown attack with a ground kick, but chopped it and then fell down. Germantown’s Darby Hughes was right there to pounce on the mistake and easily booted in the goal from inside the box.

At the 22:22 mark, Germantown scored again. They stopped an attack by Warren Central’s Hailey Tedder and countered quickly down the right side. Avery Robinson got the ball in the middle and fired a shot that caught the high post but bounced in for a 2-0 lead.

“They had a great setup on that goal,” Banks said. “They hit the right mid (fielder) and then centered it.”

Warren Central had its best chances to score in the second half. Kylee Burke had a direct kick from 45 yards out 15 minutes into the second half but Germantown keeper Peyton Puckett made a rolling stop. Thirty seconds later, Amanda Boleware got open and fired a liner that went just under the high post but did not go in.

Banks couldn’t believe it.

“Amanda Boleware made a great shot,” Banks said. “It was on the under part of the post, but it bounced away. The chances were there for us.”

Germantown coach Mike Cox said his team was ready to play.

“We knew Warren Central was a good team, so we did a good amount of planning for this match,” Cox said. “I was glad the rain stayed away and we could get it in.”

Germantown finished with 10 shots on goal to WC’s nine. Page had six saves for the Lady Vikes.