LAURINBURG — Playing its third game in four days, the Scotland girls soccer team broke through with its first victory of the season on a wet and windy Thursday evening.
The dreary conditions did little to deter the Scots, as Abbi Giaier’s girls tallied nine goals in a dominating 9-0 win over visiting E.E. Smith. Giaier picked up her first victory as Scotland’s head coach, and her team commemorated the moment by dousing her with Gatorade as they gathered around her in celebration.
“I thought that the rain had done enough,” a drenched, but beaming Giaier said after the game. “It was definitely fun.”
Scotland (1-2) scored seven second-half goals, and two players notched hat tricks in the win. The Scots added the final goal with a little over a minute remaining in the contest, activating the mercy rule.
Thursday’s triumphant result was a far cry from Scotland’s first two games of the season in which Giaier’s squad allowed 18 combined goals in defeats to Southern Lee and Jack Britt. But the Scots used Wednesday’s practice to lick their wounds and learn from their mistakes, and they bounced back to cruise past E.E. Smith (0-1).
“It’s awesome, I can say with just one day of practice what we’ve been working on they put it to work and I’m super proud of them,” Giaier said. “We still have stuff to work on, but there is improvement so it’s exciting.”
Mylasia Pratt opened the scoring less than three minutes into the contest to give the Scots the early 1-0 advantage. Scotland attempted three straight corner kicks that didn’t result in a point, but the fourth bounced around inside the box and Pratt came out of the scrum with the ball and booted it into the net.
Emma Gray Beacham followed with a goal with 22 minutes remaining before halftime, and the score would remain 2-0 in favor of Scotland at the break.
The Scots’ offense didn’t let off the gas pedal in the final 40 minutes — in fact, they accelerated. Beacham scored her second goal off a penalty kick a little over four minutes into the second half, and Pratt added her second goal a little over a minute later. Sarah Eury and LaShea Taylor tacked on one goal each.
Pratt recorded her hat trick at the 19:29-mark, then Beacham followed with a hat trick of her own less than two minutes later.
Eury punctuated the evening with the game’s final goal with just over a minute left on the clock.
After watching her squad come away with zero goals in the first two games of the season, Giaier mentioned the importance of continuing to work on the fundamentals so as to create scoring opportunities.
“Our midfield has been working quite a bit, as far as positioning goes we’re trying some new things,” Giaier said. “The girls have said they like the way our formation is going so we’re practicing tag-teaming, playing with the ball, moving the ball, switching the field and playing forward.”
Scotland baseball dominates 71st
FAYETTEVILLE — The Scotland baseball team rolled to its second straight win Thursday night, drilling Seventy-First 21-4 on the road.
Cross Holfert, Daly Marcano and Matthew Hyatt each had two hits, and Hyatt and Justin Bowers knocked in three RBIs. Brandon Jacobs and Hyatt pitched two innings apiece and compiled 10 strikeouts between them.
Scotland (2-0) will be in action on Saturday when it takes on Page at Douglas Byrd High School.
Scots softball rained out
LAURINBURG — Scotland’s softball tilt against North Moore was halted after an inning due to rain.
The Scots led 2-0 in the second inning on Thursday when play was called off. Scotland head coach Patrick Williams said the teams will likely play a doubleheader when the two squads meet again next Thursday in Robbins.
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