On Thursday evening, the Greeneville Lady Greene Devils shellacked Elizabethton by the mercy rule of 9-0 in a match that lasted just 59 minutes.
Greeneville (9-7-3) got goals from senior Mic Kriebel (2:00) and junior Sydney Finchem (6:00) before a pair of goals from junior Emily Graham (14th, 32nd minutes) staked the Lady Devils to a 4-nil halftime lead.
The Lady Cyclones (12-5) did not register a shot on goal until near the end of the first half and saw an 8-1 shots-on-goal deficit by the break.
“We wanted to attack in the middle of the field to start off, just to try and get some quick goals,” Lady Devils head coach John Eiskamp said. “That was our emphasis, to attack the outside, bring it back in and attack the net. We want to spread it out wide and hit the open man. The last game with them was very tight and I told them at practice yesterday that we needed a quick start and they had to really step it up in the first few minutes.”
In the first minute of the second half, the Cyclones got a nice shot on goal that could have made this a competitive match — but Devils goalkeeper Mikayla Weems handled the shot from junior Kalen Shell. Then, in the 49th minute, junior Emily Shaw tallied a goal to make it 5-nil.
“We started out with enough people back, with the idea of getting us through the first few minutes,” Elizabethton head coach Bill McClay said. “We didn't seem able, and I don't know if it was the surface, but we just couldn't clear the ball out of the box. The first five minutes were critical to get our feet underneath us, but we fell behind very quickly. Before we knew it we were down four goals and that is a hard thing to come back from.”
After the goal by Shaw, the energy seemed to be completely sucked out of the Cyclones as they surrendered some easy goals over the next few minutes. Senior Ally Johnson scored on a penalty kick in the 51st minute and just one minute later sophomore Macy Vermillion scored to make it a 7-0 match.
Finchum scored again in the 55th minute and the final goal that closed things out came in the 59th minute, when sophomore Olivia Brooks headed in a rebound of a shot by Graham. The Lady Devils will stay home on Tuesday and play Sevier County while the Cyclones take to the road for a match with Seymour.
“I told the girls that we aren't finished yet,” McClay said. “If we can get a win against Seymour, we get a chance to come back here and redeem ourselves. I told them that every team still playing is good enough to have won their district or finished second, so I hope that gives them enough hope to rebound next week.”