Carmen Ellis and Grace Moreland each added two goals as the Lady Bucs (9-1-3) made quick work of the Lady Buffaloes (1-9) in the girls’ soccer match which ended midway through the second half due to the mercy rule.
“It was fun to come out here with everyone and score like that,” Oiler said after finishing with three goals and an assist. “It doesn’t happen that often. When you get the opportunity, you have to take it.”
Oiler scored the first match on a penalty kick before Ellis put them up 2-0. Oiler scored the next two goals and the Bucs were well on their way at that point, racing out to a 7-0 lead at the half. University High successfully controlled possession of the ball, keeping the action on their half of the field and holding a 28-3 advantage in shot attempts.
“We focus on playing our game and getting better no matter who we’re playing,” University High coach Ryann Williams said. “We focused on possession the ball and our intensity. Beside the intensity of play, they were looking up and finding feet with the 1-2 passing to each other. We were trying to get down the field in one to two passes and they did really well with that.”
Olivia Hare and Moreland provided the other first-half goals. Clara Lipscomb scored on a corner kick to make it an 8-0 lead in the second half. West Greene finally got on the scoreboard when Chelsea Stokley broke free and powered in a kick from a left angle outside the box.
Amia Dixon responded with a goal to put the Bucs back up by eight before Moreland closed out the match with a straight-ahead boot.
“I feel like once we get a goal in, everybody gets excited and we all start working a little harder,” Moreland said. “I think we did really well keeping possession and communicating. We do really well in the middle where it doesn’t have to get to the defense.”
Lena Allison, Ella Barnett, Hare and Oiler had assists. Both Williams and Oiler commented on how Hare and Oiler took advantage of the scoring opportunities after Moreland serviced the ball into them.
“Olivia and I were playing well off each other,” Oiler said. “We’re good friends and we have that chemistry when we play. It comes so natural I barely have to pick my head up to know where she’s going to be at. We’re able to communicate without each saying much and we used that to our advantage.”
University High will return to action Thursday at Sevier County. West Greene goes on the road to Cosby.
Greeneville 7, Elizabethton 0
GREENEVILLE—Olivia Brooks and Macy Vermillion scored two goals apiece as the Greene Devils shut out the Cyclones to win the District 1-AA regular season title.
Leading just 2-0 at the half, Greeneville poured it on during the second half, scoring five goals over a 16-minute span. Emily Graham scored Greeneville’s first goal. Taylor Jones and Tanna Bookhammer had the other goals.