Coming off an impressive performance at the Viking Cup at Spring Valley, the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets opened the home portion of their soccer season against the South Pointe Stallions at Bob Jones Stadium with an even more impressive 9-0 win.
Fort Mill was led by Livie Dechert and Annika Ford as the two combined for five goals in the win. Dechert had a hat trick while Ford and Katie Phillips scored two goals each.
The Jackets didn’t waste any time scoring as Dechert put Fort Mill on the board just over two minutes into the match. Fort Mill kept the pressure on South Pointe as the Jackets added another goal five minutes later coming off the foot of Ford.
Fort Mill kept its foot on the gas as and continued to control the first half and used speed and quickness to extend its lead as Dechert would score her second goal of the game at the 11 minute mark. The Jackets’ Hannah Miller would add to the Fort Mill total giving the Jackets a 4-0 lead a minute later on another breakaway as all four goals came within the first 12 minutes of the game.
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New Fort Mill head coach Kev Summers said he was glad with how his team performed in the opening week of the season.
“Games like that are about taking control early,” Summers said.
“The plan is to get out and get a lead early. You want to clearly be the better team. Our big thing this year is to score a lot of goals which in girls’ soccer isn’t easy. We are still trying to figure out our style of play.”
After such a big lead so early, the Jackets still managed to control the game, but played keep away from South Pointe despite making it look like they could have scored when they wanted to.
In the second half, the Jackets kept peppering the goal trying to add to their lead and Dechert would finally do so six minutes into play and clinched a hat trick for herself putting Fort Mill up 5-0.
Ford would add her second goal of the game with about 30 minutes left to play as the Jackets’ dominance would continue against the Stallions. Fort Mill wasn’t done scoring as Phillips would score seven minutes later.
The Jackets would continue to play keep away from South Pointe and Phillips would score her second goal of the second half with about six minutes in the game to give Fort Mill an 8-0. Goalie Emily Ambrose would even get in on the scoring with about three minutes left in the game scoring on a penalty kick.
Fort Mill now hits the road to play Kings Mountain and won’t return home until March 23 when the Jackets take on Clover after six straight road games.
Mac Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org, @MacBanksFM