RCHS LADY EAGLE SOCCER TEAM WINS THREE IN A ROW

Pictured, are members of the RCHS Lady Eagles’ soccer team (16, 21 and 28) during a recent home game against Cleveland.

(Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 edition)

The Rhea County High School Lady Eagle soccer team captured back-to-back wins, beginning with a 1-0 home victory over Ooltewah on Tuesday, then a 6-0 road win over Stone Memorial on Thursday.

Rhea 1, Ooltewah 0

In a back-and-forth battle the entire game, where the Lady Eagles held the ball the majority of it, junior defensive midfielder, Lynsey Butt, broke the tie by scoring off of a throw in from Halie Smith, a sophomore defender.

Lady Eagle head coach, Katherine Bradley, lauded her team in securing another season win.

“We played well and possessed the ball for the majority of the game,” said Bradley. “The girls played strong defense, only allowing three shots, with three saves for McKinley Mathis, our goalkeeper. They also played well on offense, taking 15 shots and eight shots on goal.”

Rhea 6, Stone Memorial 0

“The girls played great,” said coach Bradley in reference to Thursday’s win. “Juniors Sophie White and Michaela Reeves made quite a few connections that led us to victory.

“White had a hat trick with one assist and Reeves had two goals and three assists. Defense played well to secure the shutout.

“It feels good going into tournament play (Saturday) coming off of three good wins in a row!”

Goals for the Lady Eagles went as follows:  Goal 1 Sophie White from Michaela Reeves; Goal 2 Sophie White header from Michaela Reeves; Goal 3 Abigail Ives from Sophie White; Goal 4 Michaela Reeves; Goal 5 Sophie White from Michaela Reeves; Goal 6 Michaela Reeves from Lynsey Butt.

The Lady Eagles had 19 shots on goal and Mathis had three saves at her goalkeeper position.

The Lady Eagles hosted the White County Lady Warriors in the opening round of the District 6-AAA tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Eagle Stadium/Bill Horton Field, but results were not available at press time. See the Wednesday, Oct. 14 edition for a recap of the game.