With 14:15 left, Jordan Loucks’ pass made it to Lauren Loucks successfully at the top of the box. This time, Lauren finished for herself, getting a goal in the lower left corner.
“We started pretty slow,” CV-S coach Amy Garretson said. “I told them at halftime they needed to get their feet going. When we scored in the first two minutes of the second half, that definitely gave us the momentum.”
The Rams had a couple of good chances in the final 20 minutes, including a shot by Tori Rockefeller that appeared to get by Patriot goalie Kylie Graham. Rockefeller shot from the right side of the box to the left of Graham, but CV-S defender Kaylie Yerdon stepped in and cleared the ball.
“She’s an up-and-coming player definitely,” Garretson said of Yerdon. “And the awesome thing for us is she’s just a freshman.”
CV-S played without senior stopper Zane Ashford who broke her right collarbone in Friday’s win over Davenport and is out for the season.
“Hannah Lamouret came in and did an awesome job filling in for Zane,” Garretson said, pausing as tears filled her eyes. “Zane has meant so much to us. I know it was hard for her to stand on the sidelines and watch. It was emotional for me to see her not playing.”
Saturday, No. 2 seed CV-S (14-2-1) will try for the third time to beat Milford. The Wildcats won the two previous meetings this season, winning, 4-2, in Cherry Valley on Sept. 13 and 1-0 in Milford on Oct. 14.
But Garretson said she isn’t ready to think about a third game between the two Tri-Valley East rivals.
“We’re not even thinking about that now,” she said. “We’re going to enjoy this win. When we get to practice ... we’ll start thinking about Milford.