CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The undefeated Northwest girls soccer team was surprised on its home field by a quick and efficient Rossview squad Tuesday night as the Lady Hawks handed the Lady Vikings their first loss of the season 7-1.
Rossview got on a hot streak with 23 minutes to go in the first half when Melanie Stevens put in the first of her three goals on the night. Two minutes later Sophia Diago scored, followed by Rachel Taylor at the 19:30 mark, giving the Lady Hawks a 3-0 lead they would hold for the remainder of the first half.
Northwest started moving the ball well, taking several shots on goal, but couldn’t find the net. The Vikings’ Kyah McGee had an impressive drive as the first half was coming to a close but was denied by a stingy Rossview defense.
Rossview came out strong, again, in the second half. The Lady Hawks put up three more goals by the 28-minute mark to take a 6-0 lead. In addition to Stevens’ hat trick and Diago’s and Taylor’s first-half goals, Fayth Davis and Cheyenne Kennedy each had one for the Lady Hawks.
MiKayla Wilkins netted the Lady Vikings’ lone goal of the night on an impressive drive with 24:30 left in the game. But Northwest was never able to match Rossview’s quickness and passing.
Rossview coach Danny Chartrand felt his team was a little sluggish at the start, having just played a tournament this past weekend and not having many days off.
“About 10 minutes in, we turned it up a little and started moving the ball like we are capable of doing,” Chartrand said. “We moved the ball OK, we are trying to get better every time we come out here.
“These girls have played five nights this past week, it’s been a long stretch. Our ball movement was good, we could have finished the first half a little bit better but we got a couple of looks and didn’t find the net, but that’s the kind of thing we can work on.”
Rossview improves to 4-1-3 while Northwest falls to 4-1.
“We’ve been struggling with some injuries on the team, we have three girls out, one for the season,” Northwest coach Bailey Cheben said. “We’ve been overcoming some of those injuries, mentally as a team, I think that affected us. Our goalie was out tonight as well. But we had some good play, a lot of really good hustle, the girls never gave up.”