State #14 Lady Pacers soccer earns four big wins for the week
The Switzerland County Lady Pacer soccer team has been on fire in the early portion of its schedule — and things are shaping up for a really special run by this team as the year progresses. In the latest state poll, Switzerland County is ranked #14, up one spot from last week.
Here’s a look at the past week:
On Tuesday, August 15th, Switzerland County traveled to Milan for a conference game, and finished with a 9-0 victory that saw the match end with 15 minutes left in the contest due to the Mercy Rule.
Halle Archer scored the first goal at the 18-minute mark off of a goal by Claire Rogers; and at the 33-minute mark Courtney Higgins scored a goal off of another Rogers assist.
Archer scored again at the 35-minute mark; and in the final minute of the first half, at the 39-minute mark Kenzie Taylor scored a goal off of an assist by Archer.
Up 4-0 at the half, Switzerland County came out hot in the second half, with Archer scoring a quick goal just one minute in off of an assist by Taylor; and Archer scored again at the 45-minute mark (halves are 40-minutes each) off of another assist by Rogers. A goal at the 50-minute mark by Archer gave her five goals in the contest; and Avy Burkholder’s goal at the 64-minute mark was followed by a goal from Emma Parsons off of a penalty kick at the 66-minute more; and the game ended with 15-minute left due to the Mercy Rule, which states that the match ends in the final 20 minutes of play if a team is up by nine goals or more.
On Wednesday, August 17th, the Lady Pacers played Madison, and earned a 4-1 victory.
Kenzie Taylor got Switzerland County on the board with a goal just seven minutes into play off of an assist by Courtney Higgins; and Taylor followed that with her second goal of the half at the 17-minute mark, this time off of an asssist by Halle Archer.
As the first half closed, Emma Parsons scored off of an assist by Lauren Smith at the 35-minute mark; and Taylor then added her third goal of the match in the second half at the 68-minute mark, this time again off of an assist by Higgins.
Madison got its lone goal of the match at the 45-minute mark by Kyra Ayler.
On Thursday, August 18th the Lady Pacers soccer team faced off with conference foe South Ripley, and again dominated the action, winning by a 9-0 score.
Halle Archer again sparked the Switzerland County offense, scoring just four minutes into the match.
In the contest, Archer would lead the team with three more goals to make it four on the night; while Courtney Higgins, Madison Hannan, Emma Parsons, Claire Rogers and Lauren Smith would all add a goal each.
Assists were earned by Avy Burkholder and Kaitlyn Nichols with two each; with Claire Rogers and Megan Wetzel each recording one assist.
On Monday, August 22nd, the Lady Pacers traveled to Carroll County and made it four straight wins to return home with a 4-0 victory.
The game was a close, scoreless one through most of the first half, with Halle Archer breaking the scoring ice at the 32-minute mark off of an assist by Claire Rogers.
Up 1-0 at the half, the Lady Pacers posted another goal at the 47-minute mark when Kenzie Taylor converted a penalty kick; and minutes later Archer scored again at the 52-minute mark.
The final Switzerland County goal came at the 56-minute mark, when Avy Burkholder scored off of an assist by Emma Parsons.
The week closed with Switzerland County holding an overall record of 4-0, and are 2-0 in conference play.