West Creek High School hosted Nashville’s Hillsboro High in a girls varsity soccer match Thursday evening as Della Bowen scored two goals to lead the Lady Coyotes past Hillsboro 6-2.
The Coyotes and Hillsboro Burros were tied at one each after the first half, but West Creek dominated in the second.
“We possessed the ball really well the first twenty minutes of the first half,” West Creek coach James Moore said.
The Coyote offense kept Hillsboro goalkeeper Madison Wissert and its defense busy. But the Lady Coyotes could only punch through one goal in the first half.
Sophomore Sarah Wagner scored the first goal of the game for West Creek seven minutes into it.
Burros junior Camille Lasley tied the game with four minutes left in the first half with a great kick from the right corner of the penalty box, just out of reach of goalkeeper Tia Childs. The kick hit the goal post and trickled into the net. Lasley added another goal in the second half, but nothing else could get past Childs.
West Creek goalkeeper Tia Childs made key saves throughout the game. The junior knew when to move up and when to stay back, and displayed a strong up field kick as she finished with five saves in goal.
The Coyotes were struggling to stay onside on offense, as they faced numerous offside whistles in the first half. The second half saw West Creek more cautious and the Lady Coyotes capitalized early.
Senior Emily Aukland and Bowen, a sophomore, each scored a goal to give West Creek a 3-1 lead just five minutes into the second half. Bowen added another goal and Senior Khianna Anthony headed one in for the Coyotes off a corner kick in the 72nd minute from the foot of Tori Barber.
Lasley had her second goal and the Burro’s only goal of the second half with 15 minutes left in the game.
West Creek sophomore Savannah Young scored the final goal, making it 6-2 and a solid win at home for West Creek.
“The biggest thing we’ve been working on lately is connecting on passes,” Moore said. “The team is starting to get that. Overall they did really well. It is a young team. Our goal is 10 wins this season.”
The win Thursday pushes West Creek to 6-3, which already makes it the best record in the Lady Coyotes program’s history.