Photo by Lori PoteetCayla Woodcox and the Mounties had to battle all night but came away on top.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Cayla Woodcox and the Mounties had to battle all night but came away on top.
LINDEN-Southmont was too fast and too aggressive. And finally made those things pay off. The Lady Mounties got a leg up in the Montgomery County girls' soccer race with a 4-2 win over North Montgomery Tuesday.

It was a wild one from the start. North Montgomery got on the board first when Zoey McCormick found the back of the net two minutes in when Southmont failed to clear it.

Southmont's freshman-duo of Avery Hess and Macy Zachary got things going after that. Hess evened things up with 31:59 remaining off an assist from Zachary. Zachary gave the Mounties a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes left in the half when she weaved through two defenders and kicked it past the goalkeeper.

"South is an aggressive team and we just didn't match up with that. I think that got into our girls heads a little bit. It was a mental game for us," Charger coach Julie Hodges said. "Mentally we did not play up to our potential. You have to give all the credit to Southmont."

It took just over a minute for the Chargers to answer. Madison Howey sent a corner kick in and Abby River made a great save on a point-black shot from Kinsey Humphries. McCormick was there for the rebound and sent it into an open net to knot things up at 2-2.

But the scoring wasn't done just yet.

Zachary made a steal near mid-field and out-ran the defense once again for her second unassisted goal of the night.

"We just have a fast team and we tried to use space to our advantage. We did a good job of not bunching up. They have a wide field here," Southmont head coach Alfredo Villalpando said. "Defensively, the first half we made two silly mistakes and they got two goals. In the second half I challenged the girls. This is for a county championship so they needed to turn it up a notch and they did. We didn't change that much. Just concentrate and play well."

Things slowed down in the second half. There would be no scoring until Hess found Zachary for a goal at 6:35 left. The goal gave Zachary her second hat trick in two games. She had one Saturday in a 3-3 tie against Covington.

Southmont (1-4-1) goes to Northview on Monday. North Montgomery (2-3) goes to Twin Lakes on Thursday.