Girls soccer: Hurricane hands Sissonville first loss
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Sissonville girls soccer team entered the season as an inexperienced group, starting four freshmen.
There are two on the defensive side of the ball in goalkeeper Brook Reed and sweeper Courtney Strobel. Indians Coach Ali Sadeghian was well aware that his youthful team would endure some growing pains at some point.
Sissonville hadn't had any issues throughout its first four games though, breezing to an undefeated record.
But that all changed Tuesday night.
Already battling that lack of experience, especially in the back, Sissonville (4-1) lost the services of two of its top senior defenders as well against visiting Hurricane.
The Redskins took full advantage, scoring three second-half goals on their way to an impressive 3-0 victory at Joe Sawyer Field.
Sissonville senior Shelby Swiney, who was a Class AA/A All-State first-team defender last season, left the game in the second half with an ankle injury. She returned later but was noticeably limping.
Then, with the Indians trailing 1-0, Sissonville lost defensemen Amber Jordan for the game with 17:43 remaining to a leg injury. The senior was examined by the paramedics after the injury and left in an ambulance.
"It's tough because they are two of our seniors with a lot of experience and when they go down, it's going to hurt us," Sadeghian said. "We don't have the depth like we used to have, they have the numbers and we don't.
Hurricane (4-0) took full advantage of the injuries and miscues, scoring all three of the games goals in the second half.
"At this early part of the season, we are only rotating two girls, and when you get two starters go down, it makes it difficult," Sadeghian said.
"It's early for us so hopefully as the season goes along we can get a couple more girls some playing time and help us down the road."
Brittany Minor scored the first goal of the game for the Redskins with 18:06 left in the game on a giveaway by the Sissonville defense.
That led to the Hurricane senior putting the one-on-one opportunity past Reed into the back of the net.
"I just wanted it," Minor said. "You have to jump on their mistakes, and that's what I did. When I saw it, I knew it. I had a feeling we were going to score, and we did. As soon as we got the first one, it boosted us "
Audrey Barker scored the second goal of the second half for the Redskins with 14:28 left off an assist from Abby Watson, and Watson added the third and final goal with 7:52 remaining in the game.
Hurricane assistant coach Robert Downing is very pleased with the Redskins' hot start.
"We are off to a good start this season," said Downing, who was filling in for Head Coach Shellie Young, who was out of town. "This is the first really tough team we have played. It's a confident bunch starting out. We know we have a strong team. We just have to prove it. You keep on winning games and then you think your going to win them all. "
Hannah Thompson stopped two shots in goal for Hurricane while Brook Reed came up with eight saves for the Indians.
In other girls action:
Winfield 8, St. Joseph 0 - Emily Cole, Katie Bryant and Josee Erlandson scored two goals apiece to lead the Generals in Barboursville.
Jayne Lawman added a goal and two assists for Winfield, while MacKenzie Pritt added a single goal.
Paige Bannister, Jordan Pauley and Kalyn McCray also had assists.
In boys action:
Winfield 8, Riverside 0 - Preston Sheldon scored three goals to lead the Generals (5-0) past the Warriors (1-3).
Steven Taylor, Tyler Duty, Jacob Foster, Ronnie Beal and Nathan Keefe also had goals.