Lady Dragons roll to shutout win over Cambridge Springs
Brooklyn Neureiter and Lexie Grubbs each scored a pair of goals and Mackenzie Bickling had three assists (two off of corner kicks) as the Warren Lady Dragons closed out the first month of the season with a 7-0 win over Cambridge Springs.
“The girls played quality soccer today,” said Warren coach Jeremy Bickling. “We made a change in our formation this week to give us a little more balance in the midfield and it’s been a super successful move.”
Two keys to that move – Brooklynn Neureiter and MJ Fadale – were able to spark the Warren scoring when Fadale found an open Neureiter to sink a long range shot.
It took Warren over 15 minutes to find the first goal , but once they did the goals came quick and often. Kyleigh Wilson was able to collect a lose ball and immediately send it in past the keeper.
“Ky continues to impress. It’s easy to forget she is just a freshman,” Bickling said. “She’s full gas all game and does a ton of work either getting or maintaining possession for us. “
The Lady Dragons followed up quickly with another long range shot from Neureiter, this time receiving a well placed ball from senior Taryn Phillips.
Cambridge Springs was finally able to generate an attack but the stingy Lady Dragon defense made getting any sort of shot off difficult. Warren goalkeeper Abby Arnold faced just one shot in the first half.
Warren continued to dominate possession in the Blue Devils half of the field . The relentless pressure on goal resulting in several corner kicks late in the half. Grubbs was able to get her body on the corner kick from Bickling to give the Lady Dragons a 4 goal lead going into the half time break.
“There’s no better feeling then having the team huddle up at half time and have nothing other then a couple adjustments to talk about,” coach Bickling said. “They had a brilliant first half. Brook and MJ worked really well together , the defense looked sharp and helped maintain possession,and everyone is contributing to raising the level of soccer we are playing.”
The Lady Dragons went back to work in the second half utilizing the long range shots that Cambridge Springs was leaving open. This time MJ Fadale blasted a 30-yard shot over the outstretched Blue Devil keeper to push the score to 5-0.
Much like the first half, Warren’s relentless attack continued to pummel the Cambridge Springs goal with shots and corner kicks. Grubbs found her second goal of the day by following in a shot from Bickling and cleaning up the mishandled play of the Cambridge Springs keeper.
The Lady Dragons also continued their success on set pieces with Jessica Susz finishing off another header into the goal.
“We create allot of corner kick opportunities with how we pressure the goal. We have finished off corner kicks for goals in the last four games,” coach Bickling said. “Mack is super accurate with the service from the corner. Jess is aggressive and dialed in on her headers and now Kyleigh and Lexie are finding their groove on set pieces. We are the only team we have seen this year with this sort of weapon . “
With time winding down Cambridge Springs was able to muster up some success getting the ball into the Warren half of the field. Senior keeper Ashleigh Deppen was able to clean up a few lose balls with ease and secure the 7-0 shutout.
“This is exactly what you want to see from the girls moving towards the next phase of the season,” coach Bickling said. “We are the second-highest scoring team in District 10 (behind state ranked powerhouse Hickory) and we have dramatically reduced the number of goals we have given up versus last year. “
The Lady Dragons improve to 8-4 but have no time to rest as they face 8-1-1 Seneca on Monday. “This will be an interesting match up. There’s really no pressure on us . It’s a non-region game that we view as a check point for how we are progressing. “