SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. | Alexea Jones scored with just over three minutes remaining to lift Oneida to a 2-1 win over Sevier County here Tuesday, Sept. 20.
For Jones, the goal in the 87th minute was her second of the night. She also scored late in the first half.
The Lady Indians were able to pull out the win despite being a bit short-handed. Presley Queener did not play at all due to a concussion, and Aliyah Douglas missed the second half with a leg injury.
“We grinded out the win with some pieces still absent and without our most effective offensive player up top,” Oneida coach Phil Newport said. “Honesty we were’t at our best, as we had too much weight on some passes and sometimes disconnected with our passing, but the kids found a way, which sometimes just doesn’t happen. It was a good win.”
Newport called it a “pretty frustrating game,” saying that his team dominated from an offensive standpoint before finally finding a way to score the winning goal near the end.
“We had a mistake defensively that they scored on but more from a communication breakdown than from a position lapse,” Newport said. “I really thought the defense was solid most of the evening, other than getting a little too wide a couple of times, but we played tighter after the score. We had plenty of good looks that either just missed or the keeper managed to position well for the shot.”
Newport said the frustrating part was a lack of whistles.
“On (Alexea’s) second score our back side player got literally tackled by a defender with no foul called and they got away with several physical plays that warranted a whistle but none blew,” he said. “I guess my frustration came more from the lack of a whistle on plays that, I thought, really merited action from the official.”
Newport applauded his team’s effort up front.
“I thought we stayed with it by being patient until we broke through with the game-winning goal,” he said. “I was pleased with how we generated offensive chances despite not having Aliyah in the lineup. We needed quicker feet some tonight as we got too hesitant on some balls that we got a little lazy with. Some of that was mental and youth, but they have to grow into that being a part of the high school game. We just need to react faster before the pressure closes.”
In addition to Jones, Newport said his team got effective play from Claire Burress, Kameron Kennedy and Kenlee Duncan.