Columbia Star

Gray warms up for playoffs with shutout of Heathwood

The Gray Collegiate Lady War Eagles scored two first half goals en route to a 2-nil win over the Heathwood Hall Lady Highlanders Monday, April 25.

“We haven’t done a great job of finishing in the final third lately, finalizing on some opportunities,” Gray Collegiate head coach Emily Heise said. “The first goal was off a set piece. I felt coming out fast and finishing in the final third was something we needed to do. We kind of cruised after that.”

Gray got on the scoreboard first in the seventh minute when Hope Shipman scored on a header to put the War Eagles on top 1-nil.

Katie Croxton extended Gray’s lead late in the first half with a goal in the 38th minute to make the score 2-nil.

The two goals were enough as the Lady War Eagles defense kept Heathwood Hall off the scoreboard despite several shots on goal by the Lady Highlanders. In the first half, Caroline Tinch and Molly McVey each had shot attempts stopped by the Gray defense.

Ellie Singerling had a chance to get Heathwood Hall on the board in the second half only to have her shot sail wide.

“We pride ourselves on shutouts,” Heise said. “It’s kind of a double win if you can win the game and not allow the opponents to score, so we’ve been emphazing that. We finally got the backline how we like. It’s taken until the middle of April, but we have some players playing their best soccer here lately.”

Gray finishes the regular season 16-4 overall and 10-0 record in Region 3-2A. The Lady War Eagles will head into the 2A playoffs as a region champion and with a lot of momentum.

“Heathwood Hall is a great team. They are well coached, well organized,” Heise said. “To come out here and stay on the gas the entire game and have a lot of opportunities,it was a great win against a great opponent. We’ve played really well lately. We’ll try to keep it going in the playoffs. We want to be top three or four in 2A, and we need to play our best games in the upper or lower state of the playoffs and see what happens. Going forward we want to play our best.”

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