Sat., Feb. 10th, 2007 Lady Bulldogs beat rival Lee for first district win
Midland High's Leslie Guisinger ended her team's scoreless stretch and Silver Ford provided the fireworks as the Lady Bulldogs upstaged Lee's comeback with a 3-2 victory Friday at Grande Communications Stadium.
Sophomore Chelsea Taylor had scored for Lee (5-2-1 overall, 1-1 District 3-5A) on a Midland High defensive lapse to tie the game at 2-2 in the 70th minute. One minute later, though, Ford, a senior, made up for the mistake by lofting in the dramatic game-winner from the top of the penalty box over helpless goalkeeper Katie Stewart's head. The one-timer came off a cross from junior Elyssa Hawkins.
"To feel that, words cannot explain that," an overjoyed Ford said of kicking in the goal to beat crosstown rival Lee. "We all play together and realized how to work together as a team." Ford also scored the game's second goal to put the Lady Bulldogs (3-6-1, 1-2) up 2-0 seven minutes into the second half on a cross from the Guisinger.
Midland High coach Scott Hodkinson had his girls in a defensive posture to begin the game with five defenders. But the girls proved less is more as the Lady Bulldogs raced around for most of the scoring opportunities early. By the final whistle, Midland High had outshot Lee 7-3. "(Midland High did not beat us) with speed. (They beat us) with Silver," Lee coach Amanda Melchor said of how Midland High broke the Lady Rebels down. "With Silver Ford and Hannah Dozier ... those two girls were good."
After Ford's second goal, Lee got into shape offensively when Kelsey Byars followed her own shot off the post and found Whitney Smith in the goal box to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Lee went scoreless for the next 20 minutes, but the Midland High defense let a loose ball bounce free and Taylor beat all the Lady Bulldogs to the ball and tied the game at 2-2.
"I was worried about the first goal (by Lee), but there's no excuse for the second. That was the first defensive lapse we've showed," Hodkinson said. "I'm more relieved than thrilled (to beat Lee)." But Ford's goal one minute later made it a moot point.
"Silver really brings it, she's a hustler," Hodkinson said. "She's not afraid to go after those 50-50 balls. Her play inspires the team."
The Midland High win extended its winning streak over Lee to eight.
Guisinger's breakaway goal in the seventh minute of the game gave the Lady Bulldogs their first goal in District 3-5A play.
LEE-MHS NOTES: Midland High freshman center midfielder Lauren Collyer is out for the season after a doctor confirmed on Friday that her anterior cruciate ligament was torn in her right knee, Hodkinson said. He added Collyer will have surgery in May. She is the fourth Lady Bulldog lost for at least the regular season to a severe knee injury this season. ... Lee sophomore defender Mersaides Moya injured an ankle just prior to her team's first goal. Melchor said she was taken the hospital and her status for the future is not yet known.