Lady Cavliers open with shutout

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 26, 2005

Just as she did in last year's season-opener, Lakeland's Lindsay Cutchins tormented the Nansemond River defense by both scoring an assisting in a 3-0 victory Thursday. Cutchins, who had a goal and assist in last year's 2-0 opener, scored two goals and sent an assist to Nicole Klee in a game in which the Lady Cavaliers held a 17-2 shooting edge.

With just over 19 minutes left in the first half, Stephanie Owen smacked a corner stroke to Cutchins near the center of the River circle. Cutchins stopped the ball, watched it bounce into place, and golfed a shot untouched into the left side of the River goal. About 10 minutes later, Owen sent her another shot. The ball again bounced off Cutchins' stick, but this time it went to the right. She charged up to it and sent it farther into the center, where Klee was waiting for the goal.

After River goalkeeper Amber Shaffer stopped 11 consecutive Lady Cavalier shots in the second half, Owen again smacked a corner shot to Cutchins. Cutchins passed across the side to Klee, who dribbled forward a few steps, then sent it back to Cutchins for the third goal.

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King's Fork fell at home in its season opener, losing 4-2 to Hickory. Whitney Witt and Courtney Spaulding scored for the Lady Bulldogs.

All three teams return to action Wednesday, with Lakeland and River staying home to face Oscar Smith and Deep Creek and Fork heading to Western Branch.