CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — With the game barely underway, Northwest High’s Lady Vikings put in a goal that proved to be the difference in a very physical 2-1 win over the Kenwood Lady Knights Tuesday night in a District 10-AAA game.
Northwest looked strong early as Alisha Sell scored the first goal with barely more than a minute off the clock in the first half. Cassie Cavender put in the Lady Vikings’ second goal at about the 30:00 mark and the score remained 2-0 until the end of the first half.
Kenwood coach Emily Kink talked about her team’s performance after the game.
“I’m proud of them,” Kink said. “We lost the first half, but we won the second and that shows improvement, so I’m happy.”
Kink described Kenwood’s first-half performance as chaotic and sporadic.
“We weren’t really playing as a team, it was a lot of individualized effort,” she said. “We regrouped at halftime, and the second half was a reflection of the girls taking the notes, coming together as a team and working for each other. They stopped thinking me, me, me and started thinking ‘What can I do to support my teammates?’ It really paid off. We definitely outshot them in the second half, which is a great stat for us. I just wish we could have put more in the back of the net.”
Kenwood was in sync and much more aggressive in the second half, taking several shots on goal and keeping Northwest on defense most of the half. Madison Durham was able to score a goal early in the second half, but the Lady Knights weren’t able to convert on numerous attempts. The game ended as the Lady Vikings made an impressive showing defensively.
Northwest coach Bailey Cheben was happy with her team’s performance.
“They were really looking to make some connections and passes to find the lanes to be able to split the defense,” Cheben said. “There was some good one-two passing, so we were really able to focus on that, down on our attack.”
Cheben felt her team also missed some good scoring opportunities.
“I wish we could have made a little more and got those shots in the net,” Cheben said. “But, I was very pleased with how they were working that ball down the field tonight. We had some fatigue, we have several girls coming off injuries and I think it was showing a little bit toward the end of the game.”
Northwest improved to 2-1 in district play while Kenwood fell to 2-3 in league play.