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Lady Lions pick up a pair of wins

By TODD REED treed@the-review.com Published: August 31, 2017 12:00 AM

Abby Chaddock, Alyssa Markins and Madi Pearson each scored two goals in powering Minerva to a 7-1 soccer win over visiting Sandy Valley.

"The first half we did not play to our level," stated Head Coach Nicole Chaddock. "We lacked movement and our intensity was missing. We had so many opportunities to score, but could not finish. We were shooting directly to the goalie."

Sandy Valley got on the board first on a goal from Halie Sciury just outside the 18-yard box.

Minerva tied it up with four minutes to go in the opening half as Markins took a great pass from Ava Burman and buried the ball into the back of the net.

Minerva exploded for six goals in the second half. Chaddock and Pearson both tallied two goals, Markins scored her second goal of the game, and Lindsay Burchett got one past the goalie.

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"In the second half we looked like a different team," noted Coach Chaddock. "Within a four-minute span, we put the ball in the net four times. It was a rough start, but we turned it on in the second half."

Sydney Ault came up with five saves in goal.

This past Saturday, the Lady Lions downed United 4-2.

Pearson continued her scoring onslaught with two goals.

Elizabeth McCauley and Markins each recorded a goal, and assists went to Chaddock and Burman.

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Trailing 1-0 eight minutes into the game, the Lady Lions tallied two goals for a 2-1 halftime lead. Pearson scored both goals, the first off a corner kick from Burman; and the second from a great cross from Chaddock.

The Lady Eagles tied the game at 2-2 in the 63rd minute, only to watch as Minerva scored a minute later as McCauley found the back of the net.

With eight minutes to play, Markins scored to give the Lady Lions a two-goal cushion.

"We played better than against Sandy Valley," stated Coach Chaddock. "At times we had some great movement and made some great connective passes. Our team never quits. I love that about this team. They fight to the end."

Ault had five saves between the posts.

Minerva will travel to South Range this Saturday, Sept. 2, before hosting West Branch on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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