MAYFIELD - It was a tale of two halves for the Mayfield Lady Panthers as they outlasted the Sharon Springs Lady Spartans 2-0 Monday in a Western Athletic Conference matchup at Mayfield High School.
The win was the second of the season for Mayfield (2-12-0 overall, 2-10 WAC) and their second in their last three contests.
The two-goal loss was Sharon Springs' (1-9-0 league, 1-11-1 overall) best effort since a 3-3 draw with Richfield Springs on October 5.
Sharon Springs’ Renee Handy (20) and Mayfield’s Emily Cromie (34) chase down a loose ball during the first half of Monday’s Western Athletic Conference girls soccer contest at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Mayfield sophomore Julie Hampton was the hero for the Lady Panthers Monday, netting two second half goals to secure the victory for Mayfield.
Mayfield controlled the ball with success during the first 10 minutes of the game, but it was Sharon Springs that seemed the more aggressive team throughout the first half.
Sharon Springs' Renee Handy used some fancy footwork to weave her way through the Lady Panthers defense before eventually being turned back 13 minutes into the game. A pass was sent towards the goal for Savannah Olsen but went just long of her foot. The Lady Spartans threatened the goal four times in a five-minute stretch midway through the half but were stopped multiple times each by Mayfield's Chelsey Wolz and Emily Cromie.
Runs by Mayfield were few and far between in the first forty minutes, with their best chance coming with four minutes remaining in the half. Maria Messina and Sharon Springs goalkeeper Alexis VanArsdal converged on a ball simultaneously with VanArsdal reaching it just before the foot of Messina could strike.
Despite being outplayed, Mayfield limited Sharon Springs' offensive attack. The Lady Panthers outshot the Lady Spartans 2-1 in the half.
Mayfield looked invigorated coming out for the second half of play. The Lady Panthers' intensity dramatically increased as the half progressed. They used that intensity to make a run at the goal six and a half minutes in. The run culminated with Hampton kicking a ball off the hands of VanArsdal and in to break the scoreless tie.
Mayfield had a chance to extend their lead with three consecutive corner kicks, the third of which was cleared for good by Sharon Springs' Rory Byrnes.
The Lady Spartans didn't make a serious run in the second half, but did show signs of life by putting two late shots on goal. Mayfield goalkeeper Megan Frasier finished with five saves to post the shutout win.
Hampton put an insurance goal past VanArsdal with 2:23 remaining to ice the game for the Lady Panthers.
Mayfield outshot Sharon Springs 11-3 in the game. VanArsdal saved 10 balls for the Lady Spartans.
Mayfield's next game is slated for Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in Scotia as they take on the Lady Lions of Mekeel Christian Academy.