The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 7, 2013

Eagles hold Thompson, Tigers scoreless

Shady Spring senior stuck at 132 career goals after loss to Woodrow

By Dan Stillwell
Register-Herald Sports Writer

BECKLEY — A state record must wait until another day for Shady Spring soccer standout Lyndsey Thompson.

Woodrow Wilson kept Thompson —and the Tigers — off the scoreboard Monday in a 2-0 shutout at the YMCA’s Paul Cline Stadium.

Thompson, who is tied with former Sissonville star Lydia Murray for the state career scoring mark with 132 goals, took two shots on frame and another off frame, all in the second half.

Woodrow keeper Emily Lane stopped two of them, and the third was high and wide to the left.

“It was frustrating I didn’t get it tonight,” Thompson said. “I had two good shots at it.”

Shady (7-8-1) was short-handed on defense and had to move players around. That plagued the Tigers on both sides of the center stripe.

“We were down players, and we had to move some of our offensive players back,” Thompson said. “It hurt not having some of the girls there to work off of.”

Woodrow scored twice in the opening 16 minutes. Rebekah Cook got open near the box, took a pass from Elizabeth Gramling and raced to the goal. When keeper Brooklyn Meador came up, she faked left, went right and slammed the ball into the back of the net.

The Flying Eagles scored again when Sarah Akers’ shot from 20 yards out hit teammate Sarah Mullins and slotted past Meador for a goal.

“We had new people in the lineup and we were trying to get them settled in,” coach Rachel Kincaid said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t quick enough.”

But Shady did settle down, and while Woodrow finished the game with a 10-6 edge in shots on goal (including 6-0 in the first half), the Flying Eagles would not score again.

“A lot of times after you score two, you back off a little bit,” Woodrow coach Paulette Umberger said. “But we played well tonight. We felt we didn’t play our best the last time (a 2-2 draw).”

Nowhere was the difference in play more noticeable than in the midfield, where Woodrow dominated, particularly in the first half.

“We had talked to our girls about playing a little more aggressively,” Umberger said. “We got beat up by a couple of teams we played this season because we weren’t physical. You have to get in there and play. Not try to hurt anybody, but get to the ball and push them off.”

The Flying Eagles played Thompson straight up, without any junk defenses. But she and two other top players were well-marked.

“We didn’t play Lyndsey any different than we play anybody else,” Umberger said. “I watched them play Saturday against St. Albans, and their strongest players are Lyndsey, Hannah (Thompson, Lyndsey’s younger sister) and Bri Bevel. That’s who you have to key on.”

Meador finished with eight saves in goal, while Lane had six.

The Flying Eagles, now 8-4-2, will host Riverside at 6 p.m. this evening at Cline Stadium.

Thompson will try for the record again tonight in a 6 p.m. contest at Herbert Hoover.

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