By PAUL HINES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON – A trio of goal scorers and solid defense led the Lady Rams soccer team to a 3-0 Saturday win over Harrisburg.
Both teams dealt with windy conditions throughout the game.
“When it’s blowing this hard, it’s a big disadvantage to go into it,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Harrison said. “It can almost be a little bit of a disadvantage with it at your back because the ball carries away from you so fast.”
Taylor McGowen delivered a stunning goal from nearly half field for Mt. Vernon’s final score of the game.
With 11:21 left in the game, the central defender cracked her shot from inside the half field circle. The blast flew on a line and over the Harrisburg goalie.
“It was straight as an arrow,” Harrison said. “It was brilliant.”
Both teams struggled to produce goal scoring chances in a scoreless opening half.
Mt. Vernon produced one of its best opportunities 25 minutes into action. A ball was pushed behind the Harrisburg defense, setting striker Whitney Warner up for a breakaway. She dribbled into the penalty area, but her shot was stopped. The rebound bounded away, but the Harrisburg keeper pounced on the ball.
“I knew scoring into the wind was going to be tough,” Harrison said.
After halftime, it didn’t take long for the Lady Rams to strike. Mt. Vernon won a corner kick, giving the consistently dangerous Sydney Crews a chance to create. Crews curled a ball into the near post, and it snuck past everyone into the net.
Ten minutes later Mollee Sager provided the Lady Rams with another goal when she put a shot away into the side netting.
“That’s her job,” Harrison said. “If she’s going to score goals as a midfielder, it’s going to be doing things like that. It’s going to be hustle plays.”
Paisley Stewart finished with three saves in goal for Mt. Vernon.
Mt. Vernon improved to 3-4-1 this season and travels to Breese Central today.