The Elkin Lady Elks took a dramatic 5-3 win over Hayesville on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A Playoffs. After going down one goal in the opening 12 minutes, the Lady Elks battled back and went on a scoring run to take the win and advance to the second round.
Elkin was able to control possession early, but the first goal of the night was scored by Hayesville. The opposing team was able to take a 1-0 lead over Elkin in the 12th minute of play.
As the minutes continued to tick by, Elkin started to pick up its momentum on offense. On the fourth Elkin corner of the night, the shot ricocheted off of a Hayesville defender for an own goal. The goal tied the game 1-1 and the Lady Elks turned up the heat.
Two minutes after the tying goal, Kathryn Jennings was able to beat two defenders to find the feet of Catie Beth Brown. Brown was able to control the pass and slot the ball past the Hayesville goalie for the go-ahead goal.
Elkin was able to hang on to a 2-1 lead for the next 20 minutes. Heading into the final five minutes of the first half, Elkin knocked in another goal for a 3-1 lead. Jennings was able to hit the upper 90 of the goal to hand Elkin a two-goal lead heading to halftime.
The first 15 minutes of the second half saw Elkin score an additional two goals for a 5-1 lead. Jennings knocked in both goals for the Lady Elks. One goal came from outside the 18, while the other came from a wide open shot in front of the goal.
Hayesville was able to score two goals in the final half to cut Elkin’s lead to two goals. The Lady Elks stepped up their defensive pressure in the final minutes of the game to keep the score 5-3 in Elkin’s favor. As the final whistle sounded, Elkin took the opening-round win over Hayesville.
On Friday night, the Lady Elks faced a tough opponent, as they traveled to Monroe to take on top-ranked Union Academy in the second round. The Union Academy Cardinals have an overall record of 20-1, and the last time the Cardinals lost was on March 14 against Pine Lake Prep.
Union Academy was able to prove why it is one of the top-ranked teams, as it took a 9-0 win over Elkin.
The Lady Elks end their 2018 season with an overall record of 10-10 and a conference record of 8-6. Elkin scored 46 goals and allowed 47. At home, Elkin had a record of 6-4 and on the road, the Lady Elks held a record of 4-6.