WEST ALEXANDRIA — It was, as stated by Twin Valley South head coach Chad Newport, one of the best weeks in TVS girls’ soccer history.
The Panthers knotted two big games, first a shutout of arch rival Tri-County North and then tied Miami East, the program’s first “non-loss” against the Vikings.
South hosted North on Monday, Oct. 12, earning their 2-0 to start the week out.
Abby Creech started out the scoring at the 25 minute mark when Victoria Denlinger played a 30-yard through ball to her in stride, getting the ball in the back of the net.
“Morgan Newhart, Sophie Cottingim, Jaycie Fisher, and Kristin Keener locked down the back end pretty much kept North’s shots to a minimum,” said Newport. “In the second half, Kassidy (Whaley), Kenzi (Futrell), Autumn (Daniel), and Sydney (Vorhis) took over the game, dominating the midfield. We were slowly able to build more and more chances.”
Those changes came to fruition when Futrell made a defensive play at midfield, playing a slip ball to Denlinger, who have the Panthers an insurance goal with 10 minutes left.
“We had a straight forward game plan: Stay behind the ball, try to build from the back and attack on the edges,” said Newport. “It was a text book win for us. Everything worked and we got to the 10 win mark.”
South then hosted East on Thursday, Oct. 15, ending the game in a 0-0 draw.
“I had talked about being able to compete with East by the end of this senior group’s career. We stayed behind the ball, doubled defensively when we needed and played team soccer front to back,” said Newport.
The game wasn’t void of scoring opportunities, but good defense on both ends, put the game even.
The final three minutes were spastic as well, with both teams keeping good looks at the goal, but neither of them able to capitalize.
“Even though it was a tie, it was a great game and achievement for this group,” said Newport. “These kids deserve everything we achieved this year. I am so proud of their growth and how great of a soccer team they have become.”
South finished the season 10-3-3 and were scheduled to start tournament play at home against Dixie on Monday, Oct. 19. The winner of that game will face Badin on Thursday, Oct. 22.