The Montgomery Central Lady Indians played their third game of the week – and season – on Thursday, Sept. 10, hosting the Cheatham County Lady Cubs. With the combination of inexperience from the young season and exhaustion from having already played two games in three days prior, MCHS was unable to get on the board as CCCHS won 2-0.
The Lady Cubs got the scoring started in the 25th minute on a strike from Harper Dee and put the nail in the coffin with a Claudia Shaver penalty kick score in the 72nd minute to earn the district road win.
“This is huge for us,” said CCCHS head coach Charlie Martin. “We’re a young team. I’ve got three freshmen who start and play. The whole thing is getting better and better daily, from game to game.”
More impressive was their defense, especially in net. Goalkeeper Hannah Johnson had a busy night, making 20 saves to hold the Lady Indians scoreless.
However, Montgomery Central head coach Gary Gossett was not upset with the way his girls played despite the score. Just two days prior, they had fallen to Sycamore 9-0 and all he wanted to see was improvement. He feels that his team showed that on Thursday, even though the Lady Cubs were the better team.
“They played so much better tonight,” he said. “We talked a lot more tonight and we passed the ball and it seemed like we’re in better shape. Tuesday, you could tell they were tired. Tonight, you could see I didn’t sub much for a reason. They have to get in where they can play 80 minutes. They did really well, so the amount of playing time, working together, passing the ball, they passed the ball a little better tonight.”
As far as the offense, he believes his team may be “pushing it” too much. With a young team, he feels that as the opportunities continue to come, they’ll get more comfortable with finishing attacks.
Montgomery Central will have a few days to rest before they return to the pitch on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Fairview. Cheatham County’s next game is Thursday, Sept. 17 against Sycamore.