The JV season officially kicked off last week at home against the varsity team from Pantego Christian Academy on Thursday night. The first half saw little action in either attacking end, most of the play being done in the middle of the field. Credit that to two backlines that were making it very difficult to get behind. The Lady Vikings and Lady Panthers would go in a scoreless deadlock.
Head coach, Alex Mechalske commented, “I think the first half of play was all about getting the excitement of playing out. The preseason can be long and the built up tension to finally play showed in some nervous touches and passes we were making.”
The Lady Vikings played a different game in the second half rattling off 4 goals in the 35 minutes of play. “They took the information at half time that was given to them, and they ran with it,” MmMechalske said. Anna Keller started everything off getting on the end of a ball played over the backline, a few bounces and a volley found the back of the net. Next it was freshman Alexis Dickenson slipping through the backline who found a wide open Keller on the backside to easily tuck it away. The Lady Vikings had found their stride as Sophie Bailey tacked on the third of the night with great individual effort in the box. Pantego would not let up and created a few chances of their own, eventually slipping one past for a goal of their own.
The Lady Vikings would add one more from Rachel Emrich in the remaining 13 seconds of the match as they closed out their season opener with a 4-1 win. They will travel to Bishop Lynch next Monday at 6:00pm with the varsity following at 7:30pm.