In the third minute, a sequence went horribly awry for Elizabethton when sophomore Siana Roby's pass to Baylee Creasy skipped past the junior keeper and rolled into the Lady Cyclones’ goal, giving South (2-4-2 overall, 1-2 conference) a 1-nil lead.
“We didn't capitalize on the momentum of that goal,” Lady Rebels head coach Luci Creech said. “Elizabethton did well to connect passes to each other, so we ended up reacting to that a lot. We played a little too much kick ball. We had some good chances to score and that's something we have been working on. We just wound up reacting too much.”
The Cyclones (7-2, 3-0) got the equalizer in the 10th minute off a set-piece corner kick from senior Abbey Townsend, who found junior Cami Davison in the crease. Davison headed the ball past Lady Rebels goalkeeper Katerina Johnson.
The Cyclones had the better of shots on goal 10-2, but South had the more direct kicks with seven as the Cyclones had as many offside calls. Junior striker Kaylen Shell scored for ’Betsy after receiving an over-the-top pass from senior Cassidy Kaldy at the 25-yard line.
“We didn't necessarily deal with their offside tactics that well,” Lady Cyclones head coach Bill McClay said. “That's something for us to work on. We created some good chances. Kalen had one go just inside the post and we had several that just went wide. We were dangerous on set pieces today.”
Shell outraced the Rebel defender and beat Johnson low to her left side to give the Cyclones a 2-1 advantage they carried into the halftime break. EHS struck for a goal in the 59th minute on a goal from junior Lexi Brown — with an assist from Davison — for a 3-1 lead.
The Rebels fought back quickly after a foul against the Cyclones set South up with a free kick from 18 yards out. Rachel Phillips took the direct kick and fired a high shot that Creasy caught momentarily but allowed a rebound that Mattie Topping blasted it into the net.
One minute later, however, Shell scored to restore the two-goal Cyclone lead. In the 75th minute, Maggie Johnson capped the scoring with a goal for Elizabethton.