MT. VERNON — The Lady Rams scored a pair of goals in very different ways in a 2-0 victory over Centralia on Thursday.
The Lady Rams dominated the offensive chances against the Annies in a game that ended midway through the second half because of poor weather.
“(It's) a big win for us,” Mt. Vernon coach Jim Duncan said. “We went down to Carbondale and got beat pretty bad last game and challenged the girls to get their chins up and win this last one not only for honor and pride but also for the seniors and finish the year on a good note. And they responded.”
Mt. Vernon racked up 13 shots on goal. Molly Koester helped the Lady Rams break through late in the opening half. She dribbled the ball near the half line and launched a shot that lofted over the Centralia goalie into the net. The blast came five minutes from halftime. Koester missed a chunk of the season with a leg injury before returning to the lineup.
“Molly's got a good foot,” Duncan said. “We're glad to have her back.
“(I) told her to take some shots, and it paid off for us.”
Mt. Vernon's second score of the game came early in the second half. Alexandria Pigg found herself right in front of the net and knocked a shot in for a score.
“She's been trying to score all year long and got a nice one in the left side of the net,” Duncan said.
The goals gave keeper Amelia Quinn and the rest of the Lady Rams defense all they needed to secure the win. Quinn finished with four saves.
“We've been strong all year with our back four and with our holding midfielder,” Duncan said. “But we're a little stronger when Molly's back there with us. I'm just pleased with them.”
Sleet followed by rain poured down on the players shortly after Pigg's goal, and the match was ended. A high school soccer match becomes an official game at halftime.