CHS Soccer Falls to Cookeville on Thursday

CHS Senior keeper Ali Shelton

CHS Senior keeper Ali Shelton(Photo by John St.Clair – JohnStClairPhoto.com)

A Cookeville goal in the last minute of the first half killed any Coffee County momentum going into the half and helped boost the visiting Cavaliers to a 7 to 0 win over the Lady Raider soccer team on Thursday night in Manchester.  2 huge saves in the 13th and 15th minute by Coffee County keeper Ali Shelton kept the match scoreless until the 29th minute mark.  From there, the Lady Raider defense settled down before a late rush in the 40th minute gave the Cavaliers the 2-0 halftime lead.  The second half belonged to the talented visitors as they scored 4 goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half to drop Coffee County to their first loss of the season.

Coach David Amado praised his team for their good first half effort but voiced concern over the inability to generate an offense on the night.  Coffee County put only 1 shot on frame all night as Cookeville dominated the action.  Senior Maclay Brandon expressed optimism for the positives while admitting that the negatives will give the team some things to learn from.  Senior Halie Conner was quick to praise the team’s effort.  “I thought we played hard against a really good team.” Shelton, also a senior, echoed those sentiments saying that this team will “work together and get better coming off (tonight’s game)”

The JV Raiders fought to a 1 to 1 draw with Cookeville as Sam Ellison scored the Lady Raider goal on a header off of a Morgan Henley corner kick.  Coffee County travels to Soddy Daisy on Saturday for a noon match with the Lady Trojans.  The JV team will start the action at 10 AM.