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No senioritis for Viqueens

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Viqueen seniors pose together following their senior night recognition. The 2012 senior members of the Community soccer squad are (from left) Tori Broiles, Kali Sitz, Stacy Jordan, Megan Williams, Stacie Cowell, Kenia Ornelas. Megan Sager, and Janzen Powell.
(T-G Photos by Chris Siers)
UNIONVILLE -- The veteran-laden Community Viqueens showed no signs of senioritis in their final regular season match on Tuesday night as they swept visiting St. Andrews-Sewanee 3-0.

Both squads matched up evenly for the full 80 minutes, but the Viqueens were able to sneak three goals past the visitors' keepers to finish the season on a strong note.

"It's good to end with a win. You always want to win for your seniors. I like playing Sewanee -- t­hey're a good team. They were very aggressive and tactically, they were very smart on the field.

"That's something I feel like we can learn from them is maybe we can be a little more aggressive," said Community coach Mark Neill.

Following several runs at the goal in the first half, the Viqueens finally got on the board in the 28th minute on a rebound attempt in the St. Andrews box.

Kristen Brothers gained control and slipped the shot to the back of the net for the early score. However, the starting St. Andrews goalie was injured on the play and didn't return.

Despite losing the starting keeper, the St. Andrews defense held strong through most of the game.

Community added a pair of insurance goals in the second half off the toes of Taylor Thompson and Courtney Williams.

Viqueen keeper Megan Sager makes a diving save late in the second half.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Thompson banked her goal with 20:21 to play in the match on a rebound attempt while Williams got hers with just over five minutes to play in the second half.

Viqueen keeper Megan Sager only made one save, but it proved to be enough as the stout Viqueen defense recorded yet another shutout match. In fact, the Viqueen defense has been sound all year, only allowing seven goals in 12 matches.

Tori Broiles (2) heads up the Viqueen defense and battles a St. Andrews player for possession near Community's box.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
With the postseason on the horizon, a strong finish could be exactly what the Viqueens need to make some noise with a strong run through the district tournament. Community begins its postseason on Friday as the Viqueens host Cornersville at 4 p.m. in the opening round of the District 11 A/AA tournament.

For the eight Viqueen seniors, their time and contributions while at Community won't be soon forgotten, according to Neill.

"We have eight on the team and two are out with injuries. Of the eight we have, seven were on the team when we started the team when they were here as seventh graders. Where they are now -- they've really developed their skills. I've learned a lot from them and enjoyed being with them over the last six years. We're going to miss them a lot," Neill said.

SAS 0 0 -- 0

Community 1 2 -- 3

First Half

C -- Kristen Brothers goal 12:00.

Second Half

C -- Taylor Thompson goal 20:21.

C -- Courtney Williams goal 5:15.

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