Gryphons storm back again Pine Lake Prep
It didn't look good for Thomas Jefferson soccer when they trailed Pine Lake Prep 3-0 just 26 minutes into their match Wednesday night, but the Lady Gryphons rallied back behind four goals from Anna Dedmon to down Pine Lake 5-4.
TJCA's Rachel Tevis, who missed the majority of the game while competing at the conference track meet, entered the contest and quickly made a mark with an assist to Dedmon to tie the game at 3-3 in the 65th minute and a goal in the 70th minute to put the Gryphons up 4-3.
"When [Tevis] isn't here it kills us," TJCA head coach Brian Espinoza said after the win. "I was happy to see her come back in the second half and give us some energy."
Pine Lake jumped out early on a Peyton Pruit header that found the back of the net in the fourth minute.
Pruit scored again in the 15th minute with a high shot over the Gryphons goalie from 15 yards out to put the Pride up 2-0. She rounded out her hat trick with another header in the 26th minute.
"We started off slow, no question," Espinoza said.
After Pruit's second goal, Dedmon moved from her defensive position where she started the match back to her familiar forward spot.
"This is a good team so we were concerned with their offense," Espinoza said.
In the 36th minute she cut into the lead with a looping shot from 25 yards out that found the goal to make the deficit just 3-1 at the half.
"We needed that goal before the half," Espinoza said. "Once they realized they were down three goals they saw they needed to pick it up. I don't think we gave this team the respect they deserved."
Dedmon scored her second goal off a Leah Lineberry lead pass where she outran the Pride keeper to the ball and headed the ball just over the keeper's reach and into the net.
Tevis entered the game around the 60th minute and quickly made her mark finding Dedmon on a two-on-one breakaway allowing her to sidestep the keeper and tie the match at 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining.
Dedmon nearly scored her fourth goal five minutes later but it ricocheted of the post to Tevis who knocked it home for the 4-3 lead.
"[Tevis] has been playing well and she's probably our best player lately," Espinoza said. "Because she came back and injected some energy that's why we got this win."
Dedmon returned the favor three minutes later cleaning up a Tevis shot and giving the Gryphons a two-goal lead.
With the lead, Dedmon dropped back to defense where the Gryphons struggled all night.
"She made that decision on her own. She saw we had a two-goal lead and wanted to help out," Espinoza said. "That's probably not a decision I would have made."
The Pride took advantage of the less aggressive Gryphons and cut the lead 5-4 with five minutes left on an Olivia Berryman shot from 30 yards out that took one bounce and allowed the wind to do the rest as it sailed over the Gryphons goalie and into the net.
"Our best defense can be our offense," Espinoza said. "When Anna [Dedmon] and Rachel [Tevis] aren't pushing the ball that's when other teams get opportunities."
TJCA ran out the remaining time and held on for the 5-4 win.
TJCA returns to action Monday night when they host Hendersonville at 6 p.m.