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PHS girls soccer improves to 2-1 with win

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Piedmont Lady Wildcat Escobar Georgi keeps control of the ball during the first half Tuesday afternoon at Stout Field as a Guthrie player defends. Georgi finished the game with a goal for the Lady Wildcats which came just before halftime as the Lady Wildcats claimed a 3-0 victory over Guthrie to improve to 2-1 on the season.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

With the sun beaming down on Stout Field Tuesday afternoon, the Piedmont Lady Wildcats soccer team put together one of their best performances of the season thus far.

A three-goal blitz in the first half was too much for the Guthrie Lady Blue Jays to overcome, as Piedmont improved to 2-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory at home.

“I thought we did well specifically in the first half taking care of business,” Piedmont coach Brad Brucker said. “We didn’t finish well in the second, but we got to play a lot of kids and rest some as well. It wasn’t our cleanest game of the season, but the important thing is that we didn’t get any new injuries so that’s a good thing for us.”

“It’s hard to assess where you are when you aren’t healthy,” Brucker said. “If we’re able to get everyone back and healthy over the break, then I think we’ll be a great team. Our depth is still starting to come around, but it’s just a process and were continually working on that.”

Less than eight minutes into the game, Madison Lybarger got her first goal of the season off a free kick which found its way into the net after taking a bounce inside the penalty area to give Piedmont a 1-0 lead.

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Piedmont’s Jordan Hendren fires a shot in the box while being defended by a Guthrie player during the second half of the Lady Wildcats game Tuesday afternoon at Stout Field. Hendren and her teammates improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating Guthrie 3-0.

Just over seven minutes later, the lead was doubled thanks to Jordan Hendren.

After an initial shot from Hannah Thomas was saved, Hendren was right on the door step to blast home her first goal of the regular season and put the Lady Wildcats up 2-0.

“This was a much needed game for us,” Hendren said. “It was good to come out early and take care of business like we did. We’ve got a good start going to the season and I hope it’s something we can continue.”

With 15:21 remaining before halftime, Escobar Georgi found herself in the middle of a goal line scrum in the box, eventually leading to her getting the last touch on the ball as it went across the line, giving the Lady Wildcats a commanding 3-0 lead going into the halftime break.

Following the halftime break, Hendren came close several times to adding to her goal tally, but her shots went just wide.

The victory over Guthrie was compacted with a 2-1 victory over Harrah, which was obtained Monday night on the road after a 4-2 shootout victory. Julia Grimes had the game tying goal for the Lady Wildcats in the contest.

Piedmont’s Lady Wildcats will be back in action at Stout Field on Mar. 25 against Western Heights with kickoff slated for 5:30 p.m.

PHS will then take part in the Southmoore Tournament which begins on Mar. 27 and runs until the 29th.

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