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Lady Falcons fail to score against Cougars in soccer

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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:18 am

For the Lady Falcons soccer team, inability to score is keeping them from achieving their full potential. This problem was a factor in the team’s Tuesday night loss to Clarksville Academy, 1-0, even though the girls looked stronger than in many previous match ups.

The Lady Falcons communicated well throughout the night, and keeper Brittney Ellis and the rest of the defenders kept their opponents away from the net while enjoying home field advantage at the Mahaffey Middle School soccer field.

While the teams fought through the first half to remain at a scoreless tie, Clarksville Academy found an open hole in Fort Campbell’s defense to score halfway through the second half. Despite the score, the teams remained evenly matched throughout the night.

While Fort Campbell made several attempts at the goal, all were unsuccessful. Jenna Caraccilo, senior striker, led the Lady Falcons offense throughout the night. She kicked one shot straight at the goal, but it arched just above the goal post in one of hardest misses of the night.

In 11 games this season, the girls have scored 11 points. The Lady Falcons are focusing on deepening their offense as they gear up to face more regional rivals.

“We’re just kind of waiting on the ball a little bit up top,” explained Head Coach Alysia Durham, about the lack of points. “But, we just got to work on that in the front and get them to be in the right place at the right time.”

The girls’ season now stands at 3-6-2, a much different picture than their winning 10-9-2 finish last year. However, the Lady Falcons are focusing on improvements one game at a time.

“We played wonderful, but what happens, happens,” said junior Dina Del Rio. “We played good. [Clarksville Academy] did good too. That one score just changed it all.”

Emily Hamilton, senior halfback, also led much of the Lady Falcons’ offense throughout the night.

“It was a good game,” she said. “We played really hard. It was clean. It was a lot of fun. I would love to play them again later.”

The Lady Falcons travel to Todd County Central (5-5-1) at 7 tonight. Durham looks forward to the girls performing as well as they did against Clarksville Academy.

“They’re doing great,” Durham said. “They warmed up after the first few minutes of play, and they played amazing. Our defense is playing well, our team is passing well. The opportunities are there. We’re just not finishing them.”

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