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Lady Braves take down Newport in rematch

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By Ryan Naus

The Grant County High school girls’ soccer team was eager to get back in the win column.

The Lady Braves had lost or tied in their previous three games before coming away with a 4-0 win over Newport on Sept. 24.

“It was wet and sloppy, but it was still good to get a win,” coach Melinda White said. “It was nice to put a W back on the board.”

The first time that Lady Braves faced Newport, they won 10-0 on Aug. 24 and used the rematch as a chance for the non-starters to gain some playing experience. The non-starters played the entire first half and White only allowed her starters in for 15 minutes in the second half.

“With the postseason approaching, it’s good to get some players some playing time,” White said. “But it was a win and this is what we needed.”

Junior varsity goalkeeper Kaira McKinnon started in goal for the Lady Braves and in her first varsity start earned a shutout. Kristin Keeton scored two goals, while Amber Cope and Renee Vincent scored a goal a piece. Brittany Brumley and Gwen MacAdams each had an assist.

“It was awesome and we needed the win to help our morale,” Ellie Ebner said. “It’s important for every player to get game experience because we want to build our program. We want to come out and win the district tournament.”

The Lady Braves are working on their offensive attack, trying to improve their crosses, and also improving their defense and forcing the opponent to making mistakes.

“We’re working as a team to improve and that’s one of our best qualities,” Ebner said. “I think our team can pull together when the district tournament comes.”

The Lady Braves followed with 3-0 loss to Harrison County on Sept. 28. Grant County had several chances to score in the first half, but the ball went off the top crossbar twice. Harrison County responded by scoring two goals before getting the third on a penalty kick.