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Viqueens find success with new on-field formation

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Courtney Williams fires a shot and nets the first goal of the second half for the Viqueens. She scored again barely a minute later for her second and final goal of the match.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
UNIONVILLE -- When Community coach Mark Neill implemented a new formation in 2012, he wasn't quite sure how the Viqueens would respond to the new positions and new on-field responsibilities.

After Tuesday night's 9-0 pummeling of the Forrest Lady Rockets, it's a safe bet those changes are paying dividends.

"I think we did a very good job of sharing the ball tonight. We're running a new formation this year and a lot of the girls are in positions they aren't used to playing. And the girls have done a great job of embracing that," said Community coach Mark Neill.

Powerful attack

The Viqueens scored early and scored often against the backyard rivals from Chapel Hill.

Kristen Brothers put the Viqueens on the board with a goal just under seven minutes into the match off a corner kick by Courtney Williams.

Brothers assisted the next goal by Kali Sitz about six minutes later to put the home team up 2-0.

The Viqueens put the next two goals in the back of the nylon thanks to long shots by Kenia Ornelas and Carolyn Pena for the third and fourth goals of the match.

Sitz banked her second goal of the match with 10 minutes left to play in the opening half.

Scoring chances

While the new formation embraced by the Viqueens drops back a player on defense, it still provides ample opportunities for the quick-scoring offense to do its damage.

"The new formation is more defensive than the old formation. It still provides opportunities for scoring, but we do have an extra defender dropped back. I've pushed them to drop back and stay with their man, defensively. And I feel like that's one thing that we have done a lot better this year," Neill said.

That added defensive pressure helped preserve the shutout as the Viqueens netted four more goals in the second half to cruise to the 9-0 victory.

Kali Sitz works the ball into scoring position for the Viqueens. Sitz netted a pair of goals against the Lady Rockets on Tuesday afternoon.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Shot after shot

Throughout the match, the Purple and Gold peppered the Lady Rocket goal with 20 shots, while senior goalkeeper Megan Sager only had to make one save to preserve the shutout.

"I'm really proud of the entire effort of the whole team this year. They wanted to be better this year than they were last year and I feel like we're there," Neill said.

The Viqueens hit the road on Friday for a non-district road challenge at Cannon County.

Forrest 0 0 -- 0

Community 5 4 -- 0

First Half

C -- Kristen Brothers goal 33:15

C -- Kali Sitz goal, Brothers assist 26:41

C -- Kenia Ornelas goal 22:47

C -- Carolyn Pena goal 21:25

C -- Sitz goal 10:02

Second Half

C -- Courtney Williams goal 32:50

C -- Williams goal, Sitz assist 30:40

C -- Faith Augustus goal, Lexie Bennett assist 26:05

C -- Taylor Thompson goal :40

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