Bryson City (Special to the MDN) – The Lady Devils Soccer Team traveled to Cherokee for a game on Tuesday night to take on the Cherokee Braves. The Lady Devils would get on the board first seven minutes into the game when Junior Mazie Helpman would find Junior Kaylee Simmons for a goal. With 17 minutes left in the half, Simmons would steal the ball at midfield and dribble to score her second goal of the game. With three minutes left in the half the Braves would commit a handball in the box. Simmons would add her third goal of the game converting the penalty kick and giving Swain the 3-0 halftime lead.
Three minutes into the second half Helpman would add a goal off a Simmons throw in. With 20 minutes left in the half Senior Maddie Lay would convert a penalty kick putting the Lady Devils up 5-0. Four minutes later Junior Jadyn Perez would score off another penalty kick, The scoring would finish with five minutes left in the game when Simmons would add her 4th goal of the game off a pass from Lay. The Lady Devils would take the 7-0 win. “We played a good game throughout. We were still short some players with only one sub and playing with ten on the field at times, but the girls battled hard all the way to the end.” said Head Coach Scott Cline.
On defense Senior Kate Poss lead the way with 11 Clears/Steals. The Player of the Game for the Devils was Junior Jadyn Perez. “Jadyn really stepped it up in this game.” said Cline. “She has improved so much as a soccer player and is a major force in the center of the field.” The next game for the Lady Devils will be Monday, when they travel to Murphy for a rematch with the Bulldogs, who beat the Lady Devils earlier in the season.