DRILL Tyger, Hooten lead Ox­ford to No. 5 rank­ing

The Covington News - - Sports -

Tay­lor Tyger con­tin­ued her scor­ing spree to help lead the Lady Ea­gles to their 12th win of the year ver­sus Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina Sumter Sun­day in South Carolina.

Tyger scored four times against Sumter and added one as­sist to bring her goal to­tal to 22 for the year and 11 in the last three games.

Han­nah Hooten also stayed hot with two goals and three as­sists of her own on the day. Cap­tain Arielle Hay­den opened the scor­ing in the 3rd minute when she volleyed in a free kick off an as­sist by Jenna Joy­ave.

Ox­ford only con­ceded one shot on goal and al­lowed Sumter to score on a penalty kick in the 75th minute.

With the win, Ox­ford raised its record to 12-2 and rose to No. 5 in both the NJCAA and NSCAA polls. Ox­ford’s Tyger and Hooten are ranked 2nd and 3rd in the NJCAA Divi­sion 3 in scor­ing with 58 and 56 points re­spec­tively. Ox­ford’s at­tack se­cures 5-2 win against South Ge­or­gia

The Lady Ea­gles scored three times in the open­ing 12 min­utes to put a tough South Ge­or­gia team away early in the match to earn a big road win in Dou­glas.

Hooten opened the scor­ing in the 7th minute when she tucked a ball just in­side the far post off a crafty en­try pass from for­ward Tyger. Tyger added an­other as­sist in the 9th minute when she sup­plied Hay­den with a seam pass that Hay­den buried into the far post for the 2-0 lead.

Katie Phillips helped set up Ox­ford’s third goal in the 7-minute span when she played Hooten in be­hind the South Ge­or­gia de­fense that Hooten calmly slot­ted into the back of the net in the 13th minute.

Joy­ave was able to get the Ox­ford lead to 4-0 when she buried a 30-yard free kick into the up­per ninety at the 30 minute mark.

South Ge­or­gia cut into Ox­ford’s lead in the 35th minute and the Lady Ea­gles went to the half with the 4-1 edge.

Ox­ford came out of the half­time break and con­tin­ued to press the at­tack for much of the fi­nal 45 min­utes. South Ge­or­gia held their ground and was able to score on a counter in the 80th minute to cut Ox­ford’s lead to 4-2. Five min­utes later Hooten com­pleted her hat trick and se­cured the points when she picked the pocket of the South Ge­or­gia cen­ter back and chipped the goal­keeper from 35-yards out.

Ali­son Tam­many played her best match of the year and was in­stru­men­tal in sup­port­ing the Lady Ea­gles at­tack and help­ing gain num­bers in de­fense.


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