South Stokes ladies soccer team traveled to county-rival North Stokes on Tuesday evening and used five first half goals to secure a 7-1 victory over the Vikings. The Lady Sauras remain tied with Bishop McGuinness (6-4) as the Northwest 1A Conference leaders.
“I thought we were a little sluggish early on,” said Saura coach Danny Bowman. “We moved some players around and that seemed to help us. We showed great effort towards the end of the first half and into the second. We had a few players out with concussion protocols and it was good to have them back tonight.”
South Stokes scored an early goal from Hannah Fischer. The Vikings defense held strong over the next 20 minutes before allowing a second goal, but a barrage of shots towards the end of the half put the visitors up 5-0 at the break.
“We played well early on,” said Viking coach Michael Richardson. “The goals they scored to end the first half seemed to break us down mentally and our work ethic was very low. We were physically tired and let too many girls from South behind us, which led to fast break opportunities for them. I was happy with the way we battled in the second half and continued to play hard.”
South added two more goals, while the Vikings lone goal came from senior Karley Jessup on a fast break.
The Sauras had 43 shots against the Vikings with junior Madison Green returning from an injury to record a hat trick with three goals and one assist. Freshman Savannah Nelson tallied two goals on seven shots, while another freshman, Evan O’Leary, added three assists and scored a goal, her 11th on the season.
“We have several freshmen in our lineup that are starting to buy into what we are doing,” Bowman said. “We’re continuing to get better as a team in many positions because of the depth we are developing with them and the rest of the team.”
Junior Lilly Weaver had one save in the goal for South in the first half, while Summer Coates added four in the second. Goalkeeper, Addie Bryant finished with 25 saves for the Vikings.
“Addie has been outstanding so far this year,” Richardson added. “She is new to the game and has been solid. Sometimes the score doesn’t reflect how good of a game she had.”
South Stokes improved to 6-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while the Vikings fell to 0-8 and 0-2. The Sauras will host Starmount (6-1) on Friday at 6 p.m., while the Vikings travel to South on April 10.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.