There is always a large crowd when the Lyons and the Tigers meet. Even on the first Friday of football season, the Lyon County Lady Lyons and the Caldwell County Lady Tigers’ Aug. 19 matchup drew a substantial crowd at Lee S. Jones park. The Lady Tigers eventually claimed the border battle 5-1.
Harper Ritchey met the net first for the Lady Tigers although her opponents kept her from scoring for a bit. It was nearly 20 minutes in before Ritchey managed to get one past Lyon goalkeeper Maddie Russell to put Caldwell ahead 1-0. Lyon County’s Alice Smith answered back just minutes later with a hard shot from the right side that slipped just out of goalkeeper Rachel McClung’s reach to tie things up 1-1.
Standout freshman Aliya Towns turned the game in the Lady Tigers’ favor for good on an assist from Avery Ritchey. The duo worked the ball from the left side of the field through Lyon defenders to slide behind Russell for the 2-1 lead going into halftime.
About eight minutes into the second half in a series of unfortunate events, Anna Crawford found herself on the wrong end of a red card after a play in the goal prompted her exit and gave Caldwell a penalty kick. Avery Ritchey laid the penalty kick in swiftly to extend the Lady Tigers’ lead to 3-1.
Caldwell County capitalized on a well executed pass in front of the goal from Keegan Miller that Harper Ritchey converted into the Lady Tigers’ 4-1 lead.
Mariah Merritt put the finishing touches on the 5-1 score. Unassisted, Merritt dribbled from around 30 yards out to take on Russell inside the net. Russell dove, but Merritt’s ball slipped just past the post out of reach.
Russell is credited with 17 saves for the night. Caldwell County’s back line kept McClung down to just nine saves.