Lightning strikes . . . Jemma Byard gives Woolgoolga High a great start scoring an early goal in their round of 16 win over Nor
Lightning strikes . . . Jemma Byard gives Woolgoolga High a great start scoring an early goal in their round of 16 win over Nor

Woolgoolga girls soccer: eight left and counting

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

THEY came from North Sydney to conquer the local girls and they failed.

With superior strength across the park, Woolgoolga High School's open girls soccer team moved into the final eight teams in the state with an impressive 3-1 victory over McKellar Girls High on Wednesday.

Goals from Jemma Byard, Jemma Gum and attacking midfielder Bonnie Millie-Tucker were the highlights of the victory but coach Janice Lacy was full of praise for the action that happened at the other end of the pitch.

"I think our backs won it for us, they're super," she said.

"They had good backs and forwards but because our backs were so good, they hardly had a scoring chance."

Defenders Skye Bailey, Gabby Dickinson, Grace Myars and Stevie Frith have been almost impenetrable during the school team's campaign and they proved to be the opposition's stumbling block once again.

Leading 2-0 at half time, Lacy was confident her team was set for victory and the third goal half-way through the second stanza was the icing on the cake.

Playing in front of 150 students who made their way to the High St. ground to offer support, the Woolgoolga girls played well for the entire match to qualify for the quarter-finals.

It's believed that this is the best result that the school has achieved in soccer and an out-of-uniform day held recently to raise funds for any travel the team might have been required to do has proven a good omen.

Maybe another day of it's kind at Woolgoolga High will create enough luck to see the girls progress through to the last four.



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