YORK — The Chester High School Lady Cyclone soccer team entered last week’s game against the Lady Cougars of York Comprehensive High School with the force of a hurricane — pounding York’s defense with two quick scores for a 2-0 lead.
It appeared the Cyclones would blow by the Lady Cougars in much the same manner as they did in an earlier meeting this season, but the Lady Cougars rose to the challenge to capture the win, 4-2.
“The fortitude that our young ladies displayed was equal to the 2011 varsity squad that recorded four come-from-behind victories,” head coach Dave Prescott said of the Lady Cougars’ gritty effort.
Only three minutes after Chester scored its second goal, York senior Kameron Puckett intercepted an errant pass, dribbled to the front right corner of the 18-yard box and placed a perfect shot into the lower left corner of the net.
After another eight minutes, Puckett seized another ball, dribbled into the box and sent a perfectly placed chip shot off the opposite post, where Kara Powers put it to the back of the net to knot the score at 2.
Proving she wasn’t quite done, Puckett took the pass off a free kick, and put the ball across the face of the goal, where Morgan Yandel was waiting at the rear post to send it into the net.
York led at halftime, 3-2.
The second half started how the first ended, with both teams making good runs on goal and both goalkeepers making several nice saves.
Both defenses controlled the game until Puckett again sent a timely chip into the 18-yard box, where Mahoganny Setzer sent it into the back of the net.
“After we scored a couple goals to tie the game, it got us going,” said Puckett. “The key to the win was when we became aggressive, moving toward the ball. Our first win felt great.”
“Our come-from-behind effort showed what we can do and that we can win,” said Powers, a senior.
Sophomore Yandel was elated: “It felt good,” she said. “It was the team coming together and learning to rely on each other.”
Setzer was still emotionally charged after the game. “Scoring the goal was an amazing feeling,” the ninth-grader said with a wide grin. “I was so excited.”
Prescott credited the win to the team’s motto: sweat and sacrifice equal success. “That’s exactly what happened tonight,” he said.
Prescott also credited the play of freshman goalkeeper Alexis Petty and Puckett.
“Alexis had nine saves, and (Puckett) had probably the best game she’s ever had at York,” Prescott said.
The Lady Cougars travel to Nation Ford on Friday for a 7 p.m. start.