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TABOR CITY – Sophmore Kenia Medina fired in two goals off of a pair of assists from sophmore Katie Evans as East Bladen defeated South Columbus 3-0 in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action.

In the 13th minute, senior Ashley Hardin sent a pass to junior Sydney Wober who knocked in the first East Bladen goal. In the 25th minute, the Evans-to-Medina combination connected for a goal that pushed the East Bladen halftime lead to 2-0.

In the 64th minute Medina converted another feed from Evans into an insurance goal for a 3-0 Lady Eagle lead.

“South Columbus is an improved side and their sweeper and layered defending gave us a time up front,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “We kept forcing the ball and running into a wall of defenders…we have to do better.”

The Lady Eagles outshot South Columbus 27-2 with both of South’s shots coming late in the game.

“Gracyn (Martin) and Cybil (Campbell) got up and down the field all night, worked hard and had an amazing game,” said Raynor. “Katie and Ashley controlled the game for us in the middle of the park and had some big assists. We have to do a better job of getting them involved in our attack.”

Coach Raynor went on to praise his defenders, “Ashton (Magby), Sarah (Johnson), Ting (Lin) and Maya (McDonald) smothered their attacks before they could get started. Ting had a big save with 7 minutes left. Maya had some great runs tonight. We need her to speed up parts of every game up top for us, but we didn’t give her the chance tonight.”

“We have to do better with our energy and effort up top,” concluded Raynor. “It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you aren’t willing to work then the system fails.”

The Lady Eagles, now 3-0, are scheduled to travel to Hobbton Friday for a 5 p.m. game.