RCHS LADY EAGLES SOCCER LANDS PATRIOTS

RCHS Lady Eagle soccer player, Shaylie Needham (7), celebrates after she scored a goal during the Lady Eagles’ 4-1 win over the Chattanooga Lady Patriots on Tuesday night.

(Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 edition)

The Rhea County High School Lady Eagles’ soccer team defeated the Chattanooga Lady Patriots 4-1 at home on Tuesday, but fell to District 6-AAA foe Cookeville High School Lady Cavaliers 8-0 on Thursday in Cookeville.

The Lady Eagles took 15 shots against the Lady Patriots and totaled 10 shots on goal. Rhea goalie, McKinley Mathis, had five saves for Rhea on the night.

Goals and assists for the Lady Eagles were as follows: 1. Kinsley Ervin from Lynsey Butt; 2. Shaylie Needham from Madison Edwards; 3. Michaela Reeves from Lynsey Butt; 4. Michaela Reeves from Kinsley Ervin.

The game ball winner for the Lady Eagles was Kinsley Ervin, a senior, midfielder captain.

Lady Eagle head coach, Katherine Bradley, lauded her team’s efforts in the win.

“The team played well Tuesday night against the Lady Patriots,” said Bradley. “We were coming off of a great battle that ended in a 2-2 tie to CCS on Thursday, so it was really nice to see the girls work hard and get the win.”

“We started out a little slow the first half, but gained some momentum during the second half and were able to finish with four goals,” continued Bradley. “The girls really seem to be clicking together and playing well for each other. I am very proud of them!”

In Thursday’s loss to Cookeville, the Lady Eagles totaled three shots, with two shots on goal. Mathis had 16 saves on the night at the goalkeeper position.

The win and the loss put the Lady Eagles at 2-3-1 on the season.

The RCHS soccer girls will host Chattanooga Christian School on Monday, Sept. 14 and then host White County on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday’s game is senior night, and seniors will be recognized immediately following the game.