BY DARREN REESE
The Greeneville offensive attack was working so well Tuesday night that even players who normally don't get in on the scoring act contributed to the final goal count.
Meredith Freshour was a prime example. Greeneville's senior midfielder hadn't scored a goal all season, but late in the first half she took a pass in front of the net and snuck it in the corner.
Freshour was one of eight different players to score a goal for the Lady Devils as they recorded an 8-1 win over county rival Chuckey-Doak in Region 1-A/AA soccer action at the Bellamy Soccer Complex.
"I got a little bit excited, it being my first goal and all," Freshour said. "It's fun when so many people get to score like that. One of the things coach really emphasized before the game was to make good passes, and I think we are getting better with that."
Greeneville (5-4-1 overall, 4-0-1 region) dominated possession, particularly in the first half. The Lady Devils recorded 18 shots on goal in the opening 40 minutes to take a 3-0 lead into intermission.
Chuckey-Doak (7-3 overall, 4-2 region) managed just one shot on goal in the first half, but found some looks in the second and ended the shutout on a score by Hannah Riddle with just over 12 minutes left in the match.
"I thought our girls gave a great effort tonight," Chuckey-Doak head coach Anna Ricker said. "We came in knowing it was going to be a David and Goliath type of match, but I'm proud of my girls for the way they fought hard and never gave up."
Greeneville opened the scoring in the seventh minute when freshman Katelynn Hadjopoulos knocked home a cross from Kelli Grissom.
Molly Ray made it a 2-0 game when her shot from 25-yards out deflected up in the air off the hands of Chuckey-Doak keeper Ashley Anderson and bounced twice into the net.
Freshour scored in first-half stoppage time to give the Lady Devils all the momentum heading into the break.
"We finally were getting those opportunities and finishing in front of the net tonight," Greeneville head coach John Eiskamp said. "A couple of weeks ago (in a 1-1 tie against Elizabethton) we possessed the ball really well but were unable to find the back. That was the difference tonight."
Greeneville continued to make the most of its opportunities in the second half, as well.
The Lady Devils scored three goals during a ten minute span midway through the frame to put the game away. Madison Grubbs got the surge started off an assist from Lynae Wilder. Melissa Scott then scored via a Olivia Collier pass. Collier then recorded a goal of her own on a penalty kick in the 60th minute.
Riddle's goal briefly slowed the Greeneville momentum, but the Lady Devils quickly went back on the offensive with goals from Kendall Shelton and Kelsie Cox.