By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
PONTOTOC – Fortunately for Marty Pettit, he didn’t have to use his pipes too much on Tuesday night.
Pettit, whose voice is hoarse from a bad cold, saw his Pontotoc High girls soccer team distribute the ball well enough against North Pontotoc to win going away at home, 8-1.
Shelby Drope scored four goals while Carly Naugher had three assists and a goal to lead the Lady Warriors (9-5-3, 2-0 Division 1-4A).
“I thought the key tonight was Carly Naugher. … She distributed the ball well tonight and we finished the ball off well.”
Having worked a lot on “ball distribution” over the Christmas holidays, Pontotoc looked sharp in the first half, tallying seven goals in shutting out the Lady Vikings.
Drope scored on a header off a corner kick by Kimberly Grisham less than 90 seconds into the game. Drope finished the first half with four goals, with her first three coming in a span of a little more than 11 minutes.
Emily Williams, Hannah Drope, Rebeccah Miller and Naugher rounded out the scoring for the Lady Warriors, who led 7-0 at halftime.
Brittany Tallant scored the lone goal for the Lady Vikings (4-8-1, 0-2 Division 1-4A) off an assist by Kaitlyn King.
– (B) Pontotoc 8, North Pontotoc 1: The Warriors showed no signs of rust against their Division 1-4A foe on Tuesday night.
Having last played on Dec. 17 and practicing just once over the Christmas holidays, Pontotoc found the net on several nifty plays and cruised to a home win.
“We came out a little stronger than I thought we would, to tell you the truth,” Warriors coach J.T. Thompson said after his team improved to 9-5-2 overall and 2-0 in Division 1-4A. “We practiced once over the break. We just kind of came out and knocked the ball around, because nobody’s touched the ball basically.”
Victor Castaneda and Freddie Gutierrez led the Warriors with two goals apiece, but it was Rafael Vidania’s tally that stood out the most.
With North Pontotoc’s goalkeeper out of position after attempting to retrieve a loose ball that went out of bounds on the left sideline, Vidania received the quick throw in and lofted a ball with his foot that beat the keeper back to the goal and sailed into the net for Pontotoc’s seventh goal and last of the first half.
In the second half, it was the Vikings (7-7, 0-2 Division 1-4A) striking first, when Jesus Tinajero took a centering pass from John Luke and punched the ball into the back of the goal.
The Warriors, however, got that goal back less than two minutes later, as Nathan Tidwell got into the scoring act.
Pontotoc’s Michael Bounds and Piercen Burchfield also scored, and teammate Diego Pizarro notched two assists.
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