Prep Soccer: Second-chance penalty kick saves East, 1-0

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

When presented with the same chance it had first half, East Davidson did not let the opportunity pass them by again.
Missing on its first penalty kick of the game, the Golden Eagles were given a do-over in the second half. A freshman’s name was called and she handled the situation with ease. Madi Hallman’s goal with four minutes to go provided the only tally of the night in a 1-0 East win over West Davidson Monday at the Brown Middle School soccer pitch. The victory puts the Eagles just ahead of the Green Dragons for third place in the Central Carolina Conference at  2-1.
“I hate to win like that and I hate to lose like that,” said East coach Paul McIntire. “I am just happy that we are on the winning side this time.”
East’s first penalty kick was missed wide right by Lori Morgan, but she made up for it by being a leader in a midfield that is still learning.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Jessica Ferguson dribbled in from her right wing spot and rifled a left-footed shot at the goal. It was stopped by West’s keeper to keep the scoreless deadlock.
The Green Dragons had a chance of their own 10 minutes later when Anna Rose Sink carried the ball to the end line and fired a shot. The ball sailed wide of the cage.
Heading toward overtime, East got the break it needed. Chloe Yarbrough drew a penalty in the box, bringing the West coaching staff off the bench to argue. The call stood and Hallman placed the ball for the penalty kick. She went upstairs for the score, giving the Eagles a much-needed 1-0 lead and win.
“We were very blessed that we got two penalty kicks called,” said McIntire. “It was great to see that we got calls. Nine times out of 10 it is not in our favor, but it happened and I am happy for that.”
This season has been a challenge for East. They lost star forward Taylor McPhatter early to an ankle injury, and have lost midfielder Kali Stinson to a knee injury. McIntire is moving pieces around to make up for their absence.
“It has been a learning situation. We cannot just send the ball up and let McPhatter run, and as you saw we hurt in the middle tonight. That is because we are having to re-train young ladies that have played other positions. That is hard to do midseason. But we have got to figure out what we can do and not worry about what has happened.”
McPhatter has been cleared by one doctor, and is awaiting approval from another doctor before making her return.