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Lady Demons keep Kickoff Classic trophy at home

Posted: March 3, 2015 3:29 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Nobody likes a rude hostess, unless, of course, everything all falls into place at the end of the end of the event.

For Lugoff-Elgin girls’ soccer coach Carl Spoto, he had no problem with the Lady Demons’ actions after they swept their own 2015 Kickoff Classic which was played last weekend at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.

In the opening match, the Lady Demons blitzed Aiken, 6-0, with junior goalkeeper Dena Stanley being called on to make a pair of saves in posting the shutout.

L-E put this one away early by jumping to a 3-0 lead in the game’s opening 15 minutes.

Juniors Bailey Lewter and Whitney Osborne each found the back of the Aiken net on two occasions with Columbia College signee Alyssa Melton and junior Katie Hoffman adding a goal apiece. Senior Lacey Bowers and junior Taylor Bird had an assist each to round out the scoring.

Six was the Lady Demons’ magic number as they dealt Lancaster a 6-2 setback in game two.

L-E saved its best for last by scoring four goals in the five seven minutes of the match. L-E went on top, 2-1, with 20 minutes to play in the game only to see Lancaster tie the game with a goal six minutes later.

Sophomore forward Gracie Hill registered a hat trick for the hostesses who received a pair of goals, again, from Lewter. With the score knotted at 2-2, freshman Jaylin Smith sent home what proved to be the game-winning goal, her first on the varsity level.

Seniors Taylor Wise and Erin Fowler, freshman Darcy Belcher and Bird each added assists.

L-E went up 2-1 with 20 minutes to play in the game only to see Lancaster tie the game at 2 with 14 minutes to go. In the last seven minutes of the game, L-E scored four times to put the game away. Stanley made two saves for the win.

L-E and Indian Land battled to a scoreless tie in the third match of the tourney. "The game was a good midfield battle that saw both teams account for only one shot on goal," Spoto said of the defense-minded contest.

After playing to a scoreless deadlock, L-E met Indian Land, again, for the championship with the Lady Demons winning 2-1 on penalty kicks.

"Indian Land had the better of the play most of the game and quickly asserted themselves as the aggressor," Spoto said of a match in which the Lady Warriors peppered the L-E goal with nine shots. "Most of those shots were from outside, giving goalkeeper Dena Stanley chances to make plays."

Indian Land scored the game’s first goal with nine minutes left in the first half. Early in the second half, L-E was forced to play with 10 players when a Lady Demon was ejected from the match. Just like against Lancaster, L-E would rally to even things at 1-1.

With 4:30 left in the game, Lewter served up a free kick from 35 yards out and Osborne headed home the tying goal. "As pretty a play as you’ll ever see," Spoto said of the connection between his two players.

In the best-of-five penalty kick phase of the contest, the Lady Demons needed just three rounds to go up, 3-0, and lock down the championship. Lewter, Belcher and Hill confidently drilled home their attempts while Stanley stopped two of three shots between the L-E posts.

L-E (3-0-1) was represented on the all-tournament team by senior Brianna Weems, Lewter, Osborne, Belcher and Stanley.

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