Cumberland County's two high schools squared off in a pre-season exhibition soccer match on Aug. 9, as the Lady Jets were the big winners over the Lady Panthers of SMHS.

This game was played at SMHS under extremely trying conditions, with a heat index of about 100 degrees.

The Lady Jets, with a much deeper bench, wore down and dominated the SMHS squad by a score of 7-0.

The entire first half of this contest was played in front of the SMHS goal. So dominant were the Lady Jets that they denied the Lady Panthers any shots on goal in the first half.

The Lady Jet attack fired at will on the beleaguered Lady Panther goalie Melissa Brown, who did an excellent job at saving many goals.

However, CCHS did score four times in the half.

Madison Davis registered the first goal off an assist from Rebecca Kennedy. Victoria Ports tallied on a penalty kick after a Lady Panther handling call in the goal box. Ellie Jo Krumpols fired an unassisted goal from long range and Victoria Ports struck again before the halftime break.

In the second half, the Lady Panthers made an effort to get back into the contest and managed a number of attacks on the Lady Jets' goal, but the Lady Jets' defense, particularly the stellar play of goalie Kendal Yates, kept them off the scoreboard.

In the meantime, the Lady Jet attack was not finished doing more damage. Victoria Ports made it a hat trick, scoring her third goal early in the half.

Genny Kemp blasted a shot in the top of the net, off a nice pass from Taylor Williams. Macy Qualls took the ball the whole length of the field to boot one past the faked out goalkeeper for the game's final score.

CCHS Coach Angie Spitler was able to liberally substitute in this contest and keep relatively fresh players on the field.

The normal bench players gained valuable experience and played well in preserving the shutout victory. This was a luxury SMHS Coach Tom Tatum did not have, and minor injuries throughout the contest further depleted his substitution options.

Coach Spitler was elated at how her girls are gelling as a team and are using the middle of the field to set up plays. She believes any player on her team is a threat to score goals.

Talented freshman Victoria Ports is her nominee for "Player of the Game," not only for her scoring outburst, but also for showing leadership in the middle of the field.

Two more games this week will wrap up the Lady Jets' pre-season schedule. They entertained White County Tuesday night and hosted Lenoir City Thursday at 6 p.m.

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