The Southmont Lady Mounties had little difficulty breaking the Crawfordsville defense Tuesday evening leading to a record-braking performance on Senior Night.
The home team tallied a school-record 10 goals, on their way to a 10-2 triumph over the Athenians.
Southmont junior Macy Zachary was once again, the force behind the Mounties win, nearly recording a double hat trick. Her five goals added to her individual career and school records for goals in a season. Zachary had five of the teams’ six points at halftime.
Avery Hess scored two goals, and senior Delany Huff scored two, when head coach Maddie Burton moved her up from her midfield position to start the second half.
“She really, really wanted that goal.” Burton said, commenting on Huff’s obvious excitement after connecting. “She plays the role of the passer, and drops back on defense—there are not many opportunities to be a goal scorer.”
Crawfordsville kept up with the Mounties early. After Zachary’s first goal registered at 38:40, the Athenians retaliated when freshman Jaden Azar found the corner of the net. They tied the score again at 24:59 of the first. Forward Addie Laskowski drove the ball for an unassisted goal.
“In girl’s soccer, the team that scores first usually has the emotional momentum, and it is hard to come back from that.” Athenians head coach Laurie Vellner said. “We battled back not once, but twice—I thought our first 15 minutes of action was very good.”
Southmont found themselves needing to re-group a bit after Laskowski’s goal, and the leadership job fell to senior Ally Swank, who also had a late goal.
“I saw Ally bring the team over to her. There’s a reason she is our captain.” Burton observed. “After a rocky start, she calmed us down without have to make a substitution—our defense improved from that point.”
The Mounties advantage was clearly at the forwards as they scored the next eight goals.
The Crawfordsville defenders were quick to challenge the ball, but were routinely overpowered by the stronger Mounties, leading to uncomfortable disadvantages for goalkeeper Sierra Riddle. Riddle ended with 11 saves under Southmont’s 23 shots-on-goal onslaught.
Senior Abby Rivers really had an easy outing. The Mounties goalkeeper needed only five saves to protect the lead. The strong Southmont defense routinely rode Crawfordsville off of any attack.
Carly Barnett and Kennady Black were the other Mounties seniors to see action.
In spite of the contribution of the Southmont seniors, it was Zachary who stole the show. Even opposing coach Vellner acknowledged her supremacy on offense.
“Macy is fun to watch.” Vellner said, “It’s just a shame I had to watch her against us.”
With the win, Southmont has won its second consecutive County title. The Mounties are back in action on Sept. 24 when they will host their Invitational. Crawfordsville will head north to Linden to play North Montgomery on Sept. 22.