2017-08-30 / Sports

Lady Indians soccer rolls by Keyser in season opener

Falls to Spring Mills and North Marion
by Jamie Harris


Morgan Smailes with a stop against North Marion as Kat McLaughlin #4 and #25 Kendal Williams come to help. Morgan Smailes with a stop against North Marion as Kat McLaughlin #4 and #25 Kendal Williams come to help. The Berkeley Springs Lady Indians soccer team kicked off the 2017 season by hosting the Keyser Golden Tornado Tuesday, August 22 at Morgan Field. With a roster of mainly underclassmen the Lady Indians was hoping that a quick start against Keyser would give them some early momentum in the rain.

Berkeley Springs struck first when senior Emily Young would score with 24:26 left in the first half to give the Lady Indians a 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later Berkeley Springs would increase the lead to 2-0 when Taylor Payne scored off an Avery Cook assist. With only 16:25 left in the first half Berkeley Springs would once score as Young added her second goal of the game off an assist from fellow senior Katherine McLaughlin.

Keyser would cut into the lead when a kick slipped past Lady Indians goalie Morgan Smailes at the 15:25 mark to make the score 3-1. The score would stay that way into the half as the Lady Indians played some solid defense and Smailes was tracking down balls and making key stops.


Kira Havermale #7, Erin McLaughlin #30 and Kat McLaughlin #4 defending against Keyser. photo by Lori Younker Kira Havermale #7, Erin McLaughlin #30 and Kat McLaughlin #4 defending against Keyser. photo by Lori Younker Four minutes into the second half Berkeley Springs would push the score to 4-1 when Payne made a nice pass to freshman Erin McLaughlin who made a nice shot past the Keyser goalie for her first varsity goal. Two minutes later Lady Indian freshman Caitlin Childers scored her first varsity goal with a hard shot from the top of the box and the Lady Indians were starting to cruise with a 5-1 lead.

Keyser would once again cut into the lead with a goal with 18:25 left in the second half to cut the score to 5-2. However Berkeley Springs answered three minutes later when Kira Havermale made a nice pass to Erin McLaughlin who put the ball into the net for her second goal of the night and the Lady Indians held a commanding 6-2 lead.

From there Lady Indian’s defense of Smailes, Darby Harris, Hynnja Dietrich, Havermale, Kendal Williams and Kat McLauglin kept the Golden Tornado bottled up and out of synch with their aggressive defense and hustle to defend their keeper. With the 6-2 win Berkeley Springs earned an important win for sectional seeding later on this season.

On Thursday, August 24 the Lady Indians hosted the Class AAA Spring Mills Lady Cardinals. Spring Mills got the game going fast with a goal 30 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. From there the Lady Cardinals would build a 2-0 half time lead and eventually take a 5- 0 win over Berkeley Springs.

Despite the loss the Lady Indians received great defensive efforts from goal keeper Smailes who was her consistent self in the box snagging shot attempts. The Lady Indians also got great defensive play from Williams, Dietrich and Harris in the losing effort.

On Saturday, August 26 the Lady Indians hit the road at 6:30 a.m. for a road trip to sectional opponent North Marion. The Lady Huskies one of the top programs in Class AA soccer showed their strength and depth by cruising by the Lady Indians 9-1. Berkeley Springs lone goal came on a penalty kick by junior McKayla Romo late in the game which helped the Lady Indians from being shut out.

The Lady Indians (1-2) will be back in action this coming Thursday, August 31 with a 6 p.m.game at sectional rival Frankfort. Then on Saturday, September 2 the Lady Indians will once again hit the road for a trip to East Fairmont for a 12 p.m. start.

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