Back on track
In the midst of a three-game skid and star-player Anna Dedmon battling a knee injury, the Thomas Jefferson Lady Gryphons righted the course with a 9-0 beating of Mitchell Wednesday night at home.
"It's good to get a win after playing the three toughest teams in the league (Polk, Hendersonville and Owen)," TJCA head coach Brian Espinoza said after the win. "This was a good game for us to get back on track. It wasn't very competitive but a win is a win."
Dedmon showed no signs of injury in the early going scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the contest, both of which were assisted by Rachel Tevis.
"Dedmon still isn't 100 percent but she's certainly better than what she has been," Espinoza said. "Right now I'd say she's about 80 percent, but her at 80 percent is still a lot better than most everyone else."
Dedmon completed her hat trick in the seventh minute putting TJCA up 3-0. From there she took a back seat and became the team's "point guard" looking to get other Gryphons scoring opportunities.
Victoria Bennett and Malorie Harris had golden opportunities over the next few minute before Bennett pushed the lead to 4-0 in the 13th minute.
Tevis and Katie Trimble each netted a goal before the break as the Gryphons took a 6-0 lead into the half.
With the second unit in to start the second half, the Lady Gryphons continued to dominate possession.
Kristen Ruppe scored TJCA's seventh goal of the night in the 56th minute before Caroline Longerbeam, TJCA's usual goalie, scored the final two goals to end the game in the 70th minute.
The Lady Gryphons return to the pitch Friday night at 6 p.m. when they host Polk County in another conference match-up.