Lady Outlaws win State play-in game
Last updated 11/3/2021 at Noon
The Lady Outlaws were seeded No. 1 as they entered the State play-in game at home against Elmira on Friday, October 29. Sisters put on a show the entire game and blanked the Falcons 8-0.
Sisters came out strong and within the first 11 minutes were up 3-0. The Outlaws wanted to establish themselves early, and pressured the Falcons hard from the start.
Freshman Ella Davis scored the Outlaws’ first goal of the contest off an Anya Shockley assist at the two-minute mark to give the Outlaws a quick lead. Davis has stepped into the forward position for Hollie Lewis the last two games, as Lewis has been out taking care of a hamstring injury. Davis scored again with a header seven minutes later on a keeper error to give the Outlaws a 2-0 advantage.
Marley Holden scored the Outlaws’ third goal on an assist from Shockley from 20 yards out with a well-struck shot into the upper left over the keeper’s head 11 minutes into the contest. The Outlaws’ fourth goal came from Shockley off a Davis assist. Davis found Shockley in the middle, and Shockley one-touched it straight in for the score.
Coach Brian Holden said, “After the first two goals the girls were more relaxed and confident on the ball. The defense wasn’t really challenged, but they stayed organized on the few opportunities the Falcons had.”
The Outlaws headed into the half up 4-0.
Sisters scored all four of their second-half goals within the first six minutes of the half.
The first goal came at the one-minute mark when Shockley scored on an assist from Reese Harwell.
“Anya is very speedy and all over the field,” said Holden. “This second half of the season she has been more patient and waits for opportunities to happen rather than force them.”
A minute later, Davis crossed the ball to Shockley who took a first touch in front of the goal and ‘megged’ the goal keeper (sent the ball in between the goalie’s legs) for a hat trick.
At the 48-minute mark, Shockley assisted Davis, who headed it in from six yards out. The final goal of the contest came three minutes later when Shockley served a beautiful corner kick to the middle of the goal, and Marley Holden was there to head it in for the finish.
The Outlaws took an 8-0 lead and the game ended due to the mercy rule (when a team reaches eight points the game is called).
“Even though Elmira is a lower ranked team our girls were hungry,” said Holden. “They are fine-tuned and confident for playoffs and know how to find the goal.”
The Lady Outlaws were scheduled to play at Marist in the first round of the State playoffs on Tuesday,