Lady Indians soccer closes regular season with a win
by Jamie Harris
All season long, the Berkeley Springs Lady Indians Varsity Soccer Team has struggled against a strong schedule, injuries and inconsistent play. On senior night, the squad put together a team effort in defeating St. James, Md. 4-2.
Berkeley Springs’ Sarah Allman scored two goals that helped lead the Lady Indians to their second win of the season.
"I'm proud of them," Coach Rocky Riffle said. "They finished with a home game win, and that's nice to have."
The two teams combined for 17 shots, with 10 of those coming in the first half. Six of the eight combined shots on goals went in the net.
St. James got on the board early with a goal by Taylor Blenckstone. She scored on an uncontested breakaway when she fired her shot past the diving keeper Abby Cowles.
Less than a minute later, Allman answered with a goal of her own. Kristen Griffith made a nice pass to Allman, who was right in front of the net. Allman then proceeded to drill the shot into the top of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Berkeley Springs scored again when Tiffany Kinder got in on the scoring act. This time Allman got the assist as she passed the ball to Kinder, who scored an easy goal.
The Indians scored again eight minutes into the second half. Kristen Griffith scored when she kicked a laser shot past the St. James keeper Nicole Jenkinson.
Six minutes later, Allman scored her second goal. Elizabeth Rightnour got the assist this time as she made a nice pass to a moving Allman, who was breaking toward the goal. Allman booted the ball in from close range.
"Sarah works hard," Riffle said. "She's been injured. She's a big part of this team."
St. James scored again late in the game, but it was too late to try to mount a comeback.
Berkeley Springs second win of the season made them 2-12-2. Both wins have come at home this season. The win snaps a two game losing streak for the Indians.