Calling the McDowell Lady Titans’ week a roller coaster would be an understatement.
McDowell ran the gamut of emotions, with a dominating win over West Caldwell sandwiched in between disappointing losses to Hickory and Freedom.
When the smoke cleared, the Lady Titans stood at 5-13 overall and 3-9 in Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play with two games to go. McDowell is idle until Tuesday, Apr. 30, when it hosts St. Stephens. The Lady Titans finish out the regular season Friday, May 3 at home against South Caldwell.
Hickory (15-2-1, 11-1) pounded McDowell 9-0 via the mercy rule Monday. But the Lady Titans, who had dropped eight straight contests, were determined to return the favor against West Caldwell Tuesday.
That’s exactly what happened in a 9-0 shutout of the Warriors (0-17, 0-11) that took fewer than 50 minutes to reach the nine-goal margin, thus ending the match.
Lady Titans head coach Seth Hunt said a true team effort produced the lopsided victory.
“In this game it was impossible for one player to stand out from the rest of the Titan lineup; every single lady who took the field earned her own honors,” said the first-year head coach.
McDowell started the scoring early, getting two goals apiece from seniors Jessica Givens and Noelle Fields and taking a 5-0 lead. McDowell added a late score in the first half for a 6-0 halftime advantage.
The second half was more of the same, with the Lady Titans finding the net three times in only eight minutes. Tyler Young’s first goal of the year made it 9-0 and ended the game.
Fields and Givens finished with two goals each. Young, Melanie Rojas, Anukkah Burleson, Danae Lagos and Miryam Ramirez added a goal apiece.
Lyric Fletcher and Olivia Atkinson finished with two assists each. Fields, Zitlaly Juarez, Burleson and Lagos had one assist apiece.
McDowell goalkeeper Leila Bragg needed to make just one save to preserve the shutout.
Against Freedom Wednesday, McDowell could never get untracked, giving up three goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 defeat against the Lady Patriots (7-8-2, 6-6). A handful of injuries to key players didn’t help the Lady Titans in the opening half.
McDowell started the second half with an offensive surge. Lagos scored off an assist from Rojas to trim the deficit to 3-1. But that was all the Lady Titans could get despite outshooting Freedom in the half. The Lady Patriots added a late score to account for the final.
Bragg made three saves and allowed three scores. Ramirez took over in goal and made four saves while giving up the one second-half goal.