MOORE — Moore coach Lorie Witherspoon knew it was a tough way to open the 2013 soccer season. Playing Westmoore on their home field on the 25th anniversary of Soccer Moore War made the game than it already was.
But the Lions found a way to overcome the distractions and prevailed in 3-2 shootout victory over the Jaguars Friday at WMH.
“My team performed well Friday night,” Witherspoon said. “The team knew that a battle was to be fought and they prepared like the champions they are.”
Westmoore coach Robert Williams was on the other side of a tough Moore War matchup a few years ago to start a season. Now he knows how difficult it is to be on the losing side.
“That was a tough loss to open the season,” Williams said. “Honestly, it was the first time since I’ve been here at Westmoore. We beat them in 2008 in the same manner. We won on penalty kicks after I think they controlled most of the game.”
But it was the Lions who jumped out to a seemingly comfortable 2-0 advantage in the first half off goals from freshman Brandi Whitehouse.
However, the Jaguars stormed back to tie the contest after Katelyn Pamlin and Rebecca Randolph got the ball past MHS keeper Kenady Maynard. The game was headed to a shootout.
Maynard was able to come up with a save o on the jaguars first penalty kick. That was enough for the Lions as Mikah Stroh, Jordan Cleveland an Cindy Ramos all got their shots past Elle Stover to win the game.
“This was a huge win for the women’s program, the first win over Westmoore in seven years,” Witherspoon said. “A win at this stage in the season really helps set the pace for what the players can accomplish as a team.”