Bryson City (Special to the MDN) – The Lady Devils Soccer Team opened up their season on Monday hosting the Highlands Highlanders. The Highlanders would get on the scoreboard first nine minutes into the game. With six minutes left in the first half they would take a 2-0 lead. One minute later Freshman Anna Gray would find Junior Mazie Helpman for her first goal of the season. The half would end with the Devils down 2-1. Six minutes into the second half the Highlanders would add another one. They would cap off the scoring for the night with 27 minutes left in the game taking the 4-1 win over the Lady Devils.
“Overall the game showed us what we needed to work on.” said Head Coach Scott Cline. “We also have some major injuries that are going to impact us for quite a few weeks into this shortened season.” On defense, Senior Kate Poss led the way with 22 Clears/Steals. She was followed by Junior Jade Henry with 11, Senior Bri Ross with 9 and Junior Jadyn Perez with 7. In goal Senior Maddie Lay had 17 saves. The Player of the Game for the Devils was Senior Kate Poss. “Kate did a good job anchoring the back line until she went down with an injury in the second half.” said Coach Cline. “She is a great player that quite often saves us in games on defense.” The Lady Devils next game will be at home on Monday at 6:00 PM against the Murphy Bulldogs.