The Lady Panthers played a game very similar Tuesday night to
the one they put together against Loudon the Thursday before.
After an okay first half,
Lenoir City exploded for quick second-half goals to win 5-1 over William Blount.
disappointed in that first half," Lenoir City coach Gary Rigatti said. "No offense to William
Blount, but we're the better team. We probably should have had five goals in the first half.
"Rachel Bean could have walked one in, Devin Healy could have walked one in, Tegan Brown,"
he said. "I thought we were extremely lazy in that first half."
Lenoir City scored just 18
seconds into the game as Christine Garcia found Healy for the goal. After that, the Lady Panthers
played a fairly sloppy half, allowing a goal to William Blount midway through.
quickly), that's probably a bad thing," Rigatti said. "Then we think it's easy, we're probably
laughing a little bit on the inside. I told them at halftime, lazy. Laziness leads to bad passes,
not making the run, taking bad shots when we could walk it in, it leads to giving up a goal because
we're not putting effort on it."
Lenoir City was able to get one more goal in the first half
on a penalty kick by Haley Mabe. The kick was earned when a William Blount defender punched ball
over the goal. She was called for a hand ball in the penalty box and given and automatic red card,
which is an ejection in soccer.
"You're better off letting that ball go in because you don't
lose a player," Rigatti said. " It's just natural instinct. You're a defender, it's just a natural
instinct. I thought that was unfortunate for them. Then they only had 10 men for the whole second
half. I said we should be able to knock it around at will, walk it in and get easy
That's just what Lenoir City was able to do.
Healy scored just 5:26 into the
second half on an assist by Stormie Bailey. Healy, a freshman, scored again exactly three minutes
later on an assist from Christine Garcia.
"She's going to score goals," Rigatti said. "She
probably could have had at least two in the first half. We'll see if she scores against Hardin
Valley. Those are the tests. That's what good goal scorers do is they score against the better
Rachel Bean score a third goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half for the
team, this one coming off an assist from Cheyenne Richardson.
Rigatti said the team now has
to prove they can play against the better teams in their district.
"We've got a tough stretch
coming," he said. "We've got Hardin Valley, Farragut, Powell, West and Webb. At least we responded
in the second half and made the game the way it should have been."
Lenoir City will play at 6
p.m. Thursday at home against Hardin Valley.
The Lady Panthers host Farragut Sept. 10 then go
on the road for an out-of-district match with Webb.
Lenoir City's next four games has a
chance to make or break the season for what is a very young Lady Panthers team. They have just four