John Bruce, Contributor
LONDONDERRY — From start to finish, Sierra Mitten and Eva Kingery put on a show for the Southeastern faithful Wednesday night.
The junior duo combined for six goals and six assists in the Panthers’ 7-0 non-league victory over the Washington Blue Lions.
Less than five minutes into the match, Mitten received a pass from Kingery, split two defenders and pushed a right-footed shot past a diving Kearia Marcum to put the Panthers in the lead …. a lead they never relinquished.
Throughout the opening stanza, Southeastern (1-4) berated the Washington (0-6) backline with attack after attack, leading to three more first half goals. Kingery (20:22), Mitten (10:55), and Amiah Cooper (5:45) added to the onslaught, giving the Panthers a 4-0 halftime lead.
The junior tandem of Mitten and Kingery couldn’t be contained, even after halftime, as they combined for another goal at the 34:29 mark, giving Mitten a hat trick. They combined one more time at 14:10 for Mitten’s fourth tally of the match.
Mitten’s fourth goal may have been her most impressive of the night. After she received a pass from Kingery, she juked a defender and easily beat the goalkeeper to the far post to finish off her night at forward. She finished the night with four goals and two assists, but gave credit to her team on their big win.
“We played more as a team and came out with lots of energy and excitement,” Mitten said of her team’s play after the win.
Kingery completed the scoring (6:47) off an assist from Brooke McCown. She finished the match with two goals and four assists.
“I definitely think it will pump us up, hopefully keep our heads up, play better and get some more wins,” Kingery said.
Southeastern’s defense of Paige Mustard, Kassidy Branham, Rachel Morgan, and Londyn Wallace were rarely tested, but each time they were, the quadrant stymied the Blue Lion attack. Washington’s Arianna Heath continued to attack, but the Panthers’ defense held strong. Freshman goalkeeper Tamra Elliott only had to come off her line on one occasion and controlled the ball with ease to maintain the clean sheet.
Southeastern will next be in action when they host Zane Trace on Lancaster Road, Monday night in the SVC opener for each school. Opening kick should be expected at 5 p.m.
35:10 — SE, Sierra Mitten (Eva Kingery)
20:22 — SE, Kingery (Mitten)
10:55 — SE, Mitten (Kingery)
5:45 — SE, Amiah Cooper (Mitten)
34:29 — SE, Mitten (Kingery)
14:10 — SE, Mitten (Kingery)
6:47 — SE, Kingery (Brooke McCown)
Shots — Southeastern 31, Washington 1
Shots on Goal — Southeastern 20, Washington 0
Saves — Southeastern 0, Washington 13 (Marcum 12)
Fouls — Southeastern 6, Washington 6
Corners Won — Southeastern 3, Washington 2