One’s not enough for Lady Demons

Fike offense held in check in 2-1 loss at home to Corinth Holders

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Emilee Futrell gave the Fike High varsity girls soccer a team a needed equalizer late in the first half of Friday’s nonconference match with Corinth Holders.

But it’s that second goal, the one that actually never came, that the senior would like to have back.

With the Lady Golden Demons (3-3-2) outworked in the run of play in what would become a 2-1 loss to the 3-A Two Rivers Conference Lady Pirates, Futrell, arguably Fike’s biggest threat on the attack, had a precious one-on-one opportunity against Corinth Holders goalkeeper Grace Pittman.

Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference had its numbers pushed forward in the final eight minutes, and in the 80th minute, Futrell stood poised to help Fike escape with a draw.

But from the top of the 18-yard box, Futrell sprayed her shot wide left with 32 seconds to play. It was Fike’s only shot of the second half that didn’t involve one of two free kicks.

Corinth Holders, which has loaded its out-of-conference slate with four 4-A opponents to date, climbed to 3-3.

“We were all pushed up,” Futrell described. “I was supposed to be playing midfield, but (Fike head coach Toni Varacchi) pushed a few of us up to tie up the game right at the end. We were just making combinations, and I made a run, hoping to finish it. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out and the keeper came out and made a good save,”

Trailing by the final score, Fike steered free kicks at Pittman in the 75th and 77th minutes. In the 75th, Pittman temporarily bobbled the ball, but no Lady Demon arrived in time before it was secured. Junior Anne Elliott Taylor, who briefly departed in the first half with an injury, took the 77th-minute shot from approximately 23 yards out that was snagged by Pittman.

After the first half passed with limited opportunities in the run of play on both sides, Corinth Holders found more threatening runs over the final 40 minutes and outshot Fike 8-3 in that span. The Lady Pirates were rewarded with the game winner in the 59th, where Carolina Solis beat onrushing Fike keeper Jah’Asia Pernell to a long ball and toe-poked it in the lower-left corner.

Pernell, a sophomore, had 10 saves. Six were in the second half.

“I think we made better offensive pushes, which left us kind of more even number wise in the back,” Varacchi said of her defense.

Fike was without starters in its back line, missing junior defender/midfielder Mikayla Atkinson due to illness and freshman Riley Patterson with a concussion. Sophomore midfielder Cameron Milne also remains sidelined.

Corinth Holders opened the scoring in the 21st minute off a corner kick. Grace Farmer’s kick to the far post found the head of Erica Boswell, who put it away past Pernell for the early Lady Pirates lead.

Indirectly off a free kick, the Lady Demons got their equalizer in the 38th. The initial free kick was tapped to junior Rachel Boswell, who served it into the box. The bounding ball wasn’t handled by Corinth Holders, allowing Futrell to slide along the ground and make contact with the ball, sending it past the goal line.

However, outside of Futrell’s chance in the 80th minute, it was the last look of quality Fike saw in the run of play.

“We’re definitely playing a tougher schedule,” Corinth Holders head coach Allison Vetterl said. “Our record right now is 3-3, but out of those games, four out of the six games have all been against 4-A opponents. We’re trying to build up, because we are going to be in 4-A next year. So it’s a big step.”

Corinth Holders continues a Wilson County road swing Monday when it travels to Hunt. Fike takes on 4-A opponent D.H. Conley at home.

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