Warriors shut out Millbrook

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando’s girls soccer team shutout conference foe Millbrook 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Sometimes in a big win like that, it’s easy to forget about the striker.

The Warriors (3-2-1) earned two goals apiece from senior Olivia Elliott and sophomore Alexa Fairis, and freshman goalkeeper Kara Hendren stopped 10 Pioneer goal attempts. But it was senior striker Dreaya Somerville who had much to do with the Conference 21 West victory for the home team.

“Well, you’re either at the backline of the defense or the front of the offense, depending how you look at it,” said Somerville.

While Elliott, Fairis and freshman Jessica Poole (one goal) kept the pressure on the Pioneers from an offensive statement, it was Hendren and Somerville who did damage on the defensive end.

It was the Warriors’ first win after coming back from a 2-2 tie against Woodgrove on April 8. It was evident at Arrowhead Stadium that the Warriors were still ready for action.

“We did a good job of winning balls in the areas we needed to and then we were able to kick the ball all over the place,” said Elliott, who scored the match’s first goal in the sixth minute for the 1-0 lead. She also knocked in the point to make it 4-0 in the 37th minute.

She said she thought the pair of goals were her first twin-killing in a single game this year and probably gives her five on the season.

Fairis scored Sherando’s second goal in the 18th minute and fifth in the 23rd minute, and Poole’s goal gave Sherando a 3-0 lead.

The Warriors were so stingy on defense that not only did they shut out the Pioneers, they allowed just seven shots on goal. The visitors did not point one at the goal until the 17th minute of the first half.

Pioneer senior Laken Nordin did her best, stopping seven Sherando shots in goal.

Sherando, which evened its series against Millbrook this season, boasts five seniors this year. Millbrook plays six sophomores.