Lady Cavs net three for win

Published 9:49 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lakeland midfielder Kasey Smith winds up for a shot during the second half of a 3-0 win for the Lady Cavaliers over visiting Lake Taylor Tuesday afternoon. Lakeland scored two goals in the last 26 minutes to put away its second win of the season.

Lakeland’s girls soccer squad made it two wins in their last three matches with a 3-0 victory over visiting Lake Taylor Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Cavaliers got a goal each from three different players, Kelsey O’Leary, Jamee Albright and Alexis Albright, and eight saves for the shutout by goalkeeper Vivianne Schmidt.

Lakeland’s LeeAnn Quiroga hustles for the ball against a Lake Taylor player during Tuesday’s match at Lakeland. The Lady Cavaliers won 3-0 to improve to 2-3 on the season.

Lake Taylor controlled most of the possession and took the game into Lakeland’s half of the field for most of the opening minutes. Schmidt was needed to catch a few long shot attempts.

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After a long stretch of play in the Lady Cavalier defensive half, Lakeland turned a quick counterattack into the first goal of the match.

Stephanie Hunter and Jamee Albright worked together to get an attack going down the left side of the field with Albright going on the dribble and chipping a cross into the middle of the Lady Titan box.

O’Leary connected with the ball on a hop and sent a soft lob over the keeper, who was off her goal line, and into the upper right corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute.

For the match, Lakeland didn’t dominate statistically, ending with a 16-13 margin in shots and a few more corner kicks and dangerous free kicks than Lake Taylor. As the second half moved on through, the Lady Cavaliers gained more control of the ball and the match.

“Our possession and aggression picked up in the second half and those were the keys,” said Lakeland head coach Nada Jefferson.

Jefferson was actually a little disappointed in her side’s first win of the season, specifically the inability to have more possession and put more goals away in a 2-1 win over Phoebus last week. The Lady Cavalier coach was quite pleased all the way around with Tuesday’s victory.

Lakeland made it 2-0 with just under 26 minutes left. On a corner kick, from Jillian Bates in from the right corner, Alexis Albright’s shot attempt was deflected over toward the left post where Jamee Albright half-slid to poke the ball into the goal before a Lake Taylor defender got to it.

Lake Taylor nearly got back within a goal, perhaps making for a nervous finish. Schmidt made a one-handed, right-handed save on a blasted shot from just beyond the top of her penalty box. It was Schmidt’s first save in the second half, thanks to the Lady Cavaliers controlling most of the game, but it was an important stop.

A couple minutes later, Alexis Albright got the third Lakeland goal. Jamee Albright played a cross in from the left sideline. Lake Taylor’s goalie muffed the lobbed ball. Hunter and Alexis were on the spot to turn the fumble into a scoring chance, with Alexis rolling a shot into the empty goal.

The Lady Cavaliers (2-3) have one more non-district match, at home versus Norview Friday, before going into Southeastern District play against Indian River on Tuesday, April 12.