It was the “Emma and Kaydence Show” at the Trinity Lutheran soccer field Monday night.
Either Emma Myers or Kaydence Miller scored or had an assist on each of Trinity Lutheran’s goals in a 5-3 win over South Ripley.
Myers ended up with two goals and three assists, and Miller had two goals and one assist.
Trinity head coach Thom Hayes said he likes the teamwork that Myers and Miller display.
“I was very happy with that,” he said. “It was different in other games where everyone just puts their head down and shoots without looking to see if there is a better opportunity to get a score. It’s very nice to see that.”
The Raiders had a corner kick at 37:11 that was stopped by the Trinity defense. The visitors took a 1-0 lead at 34:30.
There was a lot of action at midfield during the next 10 minutes before the Cougars went on the attack as Myers sent a cross to Kennedy Royalty and she made it 1-1 at 37:11.
Later in the half, Myers scored on an assist from Dianna Munoz to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead at the half.
After the Raiders tied the score at 2 with 37:05 remaining, the Cougars outscored the Raiders 3-1 over the final 28:46.
Myers assisted Miller on a goal at 28:46 before Miller returned the favor and assisted Myers at 25:26.
After South Ripley made it 4-3 with 15:31, Miller scored an insurance goal on an assist from Myers to close the scoring and help the Cougars improve to 4-6.
“We just kind of like to keep our heads up and look at each other and call for the ball when we’re open,” Myers said. “I know if I hear a voice, I’ll cross to where I hear that voice, and usually, Kaydence will get it or if I shoot and it ricochets off the goalie, she’s always there to finish or vice versa. We just kind of know where each other are going because we’re really close, and we’re best friends.”
“We both kind of just know where each other’s heads are at,” Miller said. “We both understand how we play the game, so whenever one of us needs help, we’re always there for each other.”
Myers said, “I think it’s good that we all get along, so we have really good teamwork. We’re all super supportive, so we all try to work together and call for the ball when someone is open.”
Myer said when the Cougars are on the attack, “One of us is usually in the middle and one on the right or left. It changes because sometimes, (Miller) is on the right and I’m in the middle.”
The Cougars had 15 shots, and Trinity goalie Samantha Enzinger had 12 saves.
Hayes said he feels like the Cougars have an excellent chance to win all six of their remaining regular season matches.
“At the beginning of the year, we started off a little rough,” Myers said. “We’re starting to work together more as a team, and a lot of the girls are getting a lot better and getting their heads up and finding good passes, so I’m seeing a lot of improvement, and I feel we’re really working well together.”
Miller said, “A lot of the young girls have really improved since the beginning of the season, like Layla Jones. She switched from offense to defense, and she is really picking it up back there.”
Hayes said, “I really liked this match because it seems like we were a pretty good matchup. We were somewhat similar in our skill levels. They had some good players, and we’ve got some good players. We both have inexperienced players.”
Hayes continued, “I think that made it a good matchup. I loved the effort. I stressed winning the 50-50 balls, which is something that usually causes us to lose when we don’t do that. We did better, so I’m definitely happy with the improvement in that area.”
Hayes said the defense will need to play better when the Cougars travel to Charlestown today for a 6 p.m. match.
“We just make some mistakes that we know better. We don’t keep the ball out of the middle,” he said. “We get beat down low where you can’t get beat, and nobody comes over quick enough. Some of the younger defenders like to play around with the ball instead of just clearing it out or just taking a touch and then getting rid of it.”