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Viqueens' road ends with region loss to Giles County

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Viqueen senior Kenia Ornelas (19) battles for the ball on the Viqueen end of the field in the second half of Tuesday's region match.
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PULASKI -- When it came to the Community Viqueens' region showdown against the Giles County Lady Bobcats, it wasn't so much that one team was vastly superior than the other, but just a few lucky breaks that advanced one team, and ended another's season.

The Community Viqueens (13-3) battled the Lady Bobcats down to the wire, and fairly evenly, but a pair of goals advanced Giles County to the next round of the state playoffs, and ended Community's season.

"We generated shots, but just not a goal. I don't think they generated a lot more shots than we did, they just generated a couple that scored," said Community coach Mark Neill.

And it was a couple of shots that Giles County capitalized on to advance past the Viqueens to the next round of the playoffs.

The first goal came with seven minutes left to go in the first half when Ta'lyia Ballentine snuck a shot to the back of the net, putting the Lady Bobcats up 1-0 heading into the half.

Insurance score

Ballentine added an insurance goal in the 46th minute of play to give Giles County a 2-0 lead.

Despite the early scores, Community still managed to fire off nine shots on goal, but couldn't break through for the score.

"I feel like our effort was very good. I don't feel like we were out of our league or anything like that, but it just didn't go our way tonight," Neill said.

Senior forward Kali Sitz and Kristen Brothers managed a handful of attempts, while left forward Courtney Williams added her share.

But where the Viqueens ran into trouble was the Lady Bobcat midfield, who helped dictate the pace of the game through most of the match.

"I think the other team won a lot of midfield battles. It was hard to determine what we needed to do differently. They won the ball a little more than we did, but not a lot more. We had a lot of good tries. We had some intercepts and some steals. We just didn't generate a goal," Neill said.

Viqueen goal keeper Megan Sager also kept the game manageable for the offense to get back into it. She came up with four saves to her credit against the Lady Bobcats.

For the second year in a row, the Viqueens advanced to the region, but had their season cut short at the hands of one of the best teams in the mid-state.

While Community will return next with a reloaded roster full of talent and experience, but will have to fill several key roles as the team graduates eight seniors.

Defender Tori Broiles gets set to clear the ball to midfield, setting up a run at the Lady Bobcat goal.
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Big void

"Most of the seniors have been with me all six years I've been at Community. They've been part of my soccer experience the entire time I've been coaching soccer. It's going to be a big loss. We're going to miss them a lot. They contribute a lot on the field," Neill said.

Even though the graduating Viqueens will leave a major void, Neill feels the returning talent next year will be able to fill in and compete at the top level.

"We have some people who have been training and are prepared to step into those roles. But we're going to miss the girls who have been playing those roles in the last six years," he said.

Community's season comes to a close with a 13-3 record.

Community 0 0 -- 0

Giles Co. 1 1 -- 2

First half

G -- Ta'lyia Ballentine goal 7:03.

Second half

G -- Ballentine goal 34:52.

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