Prep Soccer: Ledford takes care of Vikings early
North Forsyth had barely made its way off of the bus before finding itself down several goals to Ledford Wednesday.
Scoring three times in the first six minutes, the Lady Panthers were in cruise control during the final 74 minutes on their way to a 5-0 victory in Mid-Piedmont Conference play.
Crystal Llodrat and Hannah Perryman scored twice for LHS, while Jordan Sapier tallied the other goal on a free kick.
Ledford (7-5, 4-1) found the back of the cage in the first 36 seconds of the game on a run-out by Perryman. Midfielder Allie Fischer served the ball forward to Perryman on a breakaway goal.
Two minutes later it was Perryman working on an early hat trick with her second tally of the night. She chipped the ball up and over the North keeper.
Sapier waited three minutes for her turn on a superb direct kick. Just outside the top left corner of the 18-yard box, Sapier lined up for the free kick. Her spot was the right corner of the goal and she was accurate, burying the shot to make it 3-0.
“We finally put it together early and that is something we have worked on all season long,” said Ledford coach Meaghan Wesley. “We got the ball out wide and we worked it back inside to the middle and that is what we have been trying to do.”
Llodrat accounted for the other two goals, one in the first half and the other late in the contest. With 24 minutes left in the opening half, Llodrat fired a shot from 25 yards away. It sailed high of the Viking keeper and tickled the twine.
The final goal came with 14 minutes to go. She broke away for a one-on-one encounter with the goalie. They collided at the ball with Llodrat making the most contact. She scooted over to the free ball, shooting into the open net.
The win keeps LHS a game off of the MPC pace behind Northeast Guilford. It was the Rams that gave the Panthers their only league loss.
“We are trying to keep up with them,” said Wesley. “They are a really good team, but my goal has always been for us to win conference. It is just up to the girls whether they decide to or not. They can do it, and if they play like they did tonight they can.”
Sarah Baker, Brooke Patterson and Llodrat combined for the shutout in goal.
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