RONDA — On Tuesday night, with the temperature pushing 90 degrees, the Elkin Lady Elks took on the East Wilkes Cardinals for the second, and final time, this season. Elkin won the first match-up 3-2. Elkin came into Tuesday night’s game with a 4-6-1 record, while East Wilkes held a 6-7-1 record.
The game got off to a slow start, as both sides were trying to get a feel for the field and for the temperature. In the 19th minute, Cardinals player Ashlyn Nixon broke through and found the back of the net to give East Wilkes a 1-0 lead.
Both teams constantly battled for the ball as East Wilkes’ defense stood strong against Elkin’s forwards. In the final seven minutes of the first half, Elkin finally found its footing as Mattie Timmerman scored the tying goal. Five minutes later, Timmerman scored her second goal with an impressive shot from 20-yards out that sailed over the East Wilkes keeper and into the back of the net. At the half, Elkin was ahead 2-1.
The second half had Elkin’s name all over it, as Timmerman scored her third goal of the night off a penalty kick to make the score 3-1. East Wilkes had a chance to score in the 55th minute when Shelia Aguilar broke through the Elkin defense and hit the ball on target. Elkin’s keeper Abbie Flores didn’t let Aguilar’s shot get past her and she made a diving save to keep the score 3-1.
It didn’t take long for East Wilkes to find their way back to the goal, as Leah Nance scored the second goal for the Cardinals to make the score 3-2. The glory was short-lived for the Cards as Elkin’s Timmerman was back at it during the final minutes of the game to score her fourth goal of the night.
As the final whistle blew, Elkin came away with a 4-2 win over East Wilkes.
Elkin moves to 5-6-1 overall and 4-6 in the MVAC, while East Wilkes moves to 6-8-1 overall and 3-6 in the MVAC.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.