Strong Second Half Leads Livingston To 5-0 District Win at Cumberland County

By Michael Lindsay

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats continued their undefeated start to District 7AA play Tuesday as they won at Cumberland County, 5-0.

“We knew coming in that this might be our toughest district match,” said Livingston head coach Heather Marshall. “Their coach (Cub Whitson) knows how to play us and has a good game plan coming into it. They played us really well in the first half and put us off our game.”

Taryn Childers and Mallori Lindsay led the Lady Wildcats with 2 goals each along with 1 from Ella Copeland. Tara Hinds, Jaz West and Childers each had one assist in the win.

Livingston Academy held a 1-0 lead at halftime on a goal from Childers.

“We were passing well, but we just weren’t finishing,” said Marshall. “We had 17 first-half shots, but we just couldn’t hit the frame.”

LA’s offense was dialed in to start the second half as the Lady Wildcats scored four goals in the opening 11:54 of the second period to take a commanding 5-0 lead.

“We got better in the second half, and that’s what I’m looking for,” Marshall said. “We were trying to kill the ball instead of placing it. We scored four in the second half and rebounded from a tough first half.

“Mallori Lindsay and Taryn Childers both had two goals, and I think our outsides (Jaz West and Tara Hinds) played well,” she added. “Our back line handled the over-the-top balls well and communicated through that.”

Keeper Laney Bowers and the Lady Wildcat defense pitched another shutout Tuesday, their fourth of the season against district opponents. LA is 4-0 in district play and has outscored league foes a combined 32-0 so far.

Livingston Academy is set to take this Thursday off before hosting Stone Memorial next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Cumberland County is scheduled to host Watertown the same day.


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