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Trotter’s hat trick leads to win

Kaitlyn Mullins

Thursday night the Randleman Tigers hosted the Blue Comets of Asheboro for a non-conference varsity soccer match-up. Asheboro picked up their first lost of the season the night and hoped rebound with a win over the Tigers. Randleman went in to Thursday night’s game with a 1-1 record.

Beginning the first half were the Tigers as they got first touch on the ball. As the Tigers dribbled the ball down field the Comets were able to take the ball and make an early attempt at the goal. Ruthie Steinberg defended Randleman’s goal as she blocked the shot for the Tigers. Randleman’s defenders were able to get the ball down field as they tired for a goal, but were unsuccessful. Throughout the first half both teams had a fair share of control as they went back and forth on the field. Taking charge of the ball was Rachel Luna as she dribbled around the Tigers defense and scored the Comets first goal of the night. Fourteen minutes later Emma Trotter used her head as she sent the ball in the back of the net off of a corner kick. Asheboro finished strong in the first half as they were able to take more attempts at the goal. At the half Asheboro led 2-0.

Getting first touch on the ball in the second half were the Comets as they surpassed Randleman’s defense. Steinberg was able to stop the ball for the Tigers. Randleman had trouble getting clean passes and stepping to the ball as the Comets beat them almost every time. Ten minutes in the second half, Trotter picked up her second goal of the night for Asheboro. The Comets used communication as they were able to keep the ball in Randleman’s territory. The Tigers were able to hold the Comets for a few minutes before Trotter picked up a hat trick for her third goal of the night. Asheboro was able to take a 4-0 lead. Randleman stepped up their game as they were able to control the ball better and make clean passes. The Tigers took more attempts at the goal, but came up short as Delaney McKaughn was there every time. Five minutes left in the second half, Gabby Mintz took a far out shot to nail the back of the net for the Tigers. As the clock was winding down the Tigers couldn’t catch up in goals. Asheboro would take a victory over the Tigers 4-1.

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