Visiting Warren Central swept by Pearl

Published 12:02 am Saturday, December 8, 2012

PEARL — For more than 60 minutes Friday night, Warren Central controlled the action against Pearl and kept up its offensive pressure.

Unfortunately, the Lady Vikes trailed for roughly 78 minutes.

Allison Dillon headed in a corner kick in the second minute of the game, and Warren Central was unable to capitalize on its dominance in a 1-0 loss to Pearl. It was a tough loss heading into Tuesday’s matchup with archrival Vicksburg, but seemed to be one the Lady Vikes took in stride.

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“We can’t have that happen that early in the game. That’s the fifth time we’ve given up those goals early in the game, so we’ve got to work on that,” WC coach Trey Banks said. “We’re seeing the positive things of, we’re getting the ball down the field, we’re working it down the field, and we’re just not finishing. So we know what we’ve got to work on going into Tuesday’s big game with Vicksburg.”

Dillon’s goal came off a corner kick from Kelly Green. It was one of five first-half corner kicks by Pearl (4-4), most of them in the first 20 minutes. Warren Central (6-5-2) took control midway through the first half and outshot the Lady Pirates 8-2 over the last 60 minutes. Pearl did not have a shot on goal in the second half.

“The only chances they had after the first 15 minutes where we started off flat was booming the ball up the left side. In the second half, we made the adjustments and we kept them from the left side. It took their entire attack away,” Banks said.

Most of WC’s pressure, however, didn’t lead to scoring chances. Several corner kicks passed harmlessly through the box without finding a teammate, and Kylee Burke curled a 20-yard free kick wide right late in the first half.

“We’ve just got to work on finishing,” said WC senior midfielder Katie Humphries said. “As long as we do that, we’ll be unstoppable after that.”