Jenna Covey of Van Wert as Kenzi Coffey of Jefferson defends. (DHI Media/Chris Howell)
Jenna Covey of Van Wert as Kenzi Coffey of Jefferson defends. (DHI Media/Chris Howell)

VAN WERT - The Lady Cougar soccer team defended their home turf with a strong 5-3 victory over Jefferson on Monday night.

“It was a good start,” said Head Coach Solomon Okang. “I’m really pleased with what I saw out here on the field tonight.”

Elizabeth Tomlinson led the charge by cashing in on two penalty kicks after scoring the first goal of the night on a long kick that soared over the head of the opposing goalie.

Despite constant pressure from the Cougar offense, Jefferson got on the board first with 18:01 to go in the first half. The Wildcats scored when a cross kick turned into a well executed assist for the first goal of the game.

That lead lasted all of four and a half minutes, until Tomlinson kicked a ball that sailed over the head of the Jefferson keeper to begin a barrage of scoring for Van Wert.

With 6:47 to go in the half, Kierston Schneider took advantage of a fumble by the Wilcat goalie to sink a shot and send the Cougars to 2-1 halftime lead.

The Cougars continued their strong momentum in the second half, scoring their third unanswered goal in a row when Jerica Huebner caught the opposing goalie on her heels and rolled a shot into the corner of the net.

Jefferson’s Hannah Dickson finally answered for the Wildcats with 24:46 left in the game on the first of four penalty kicks to follow.

The next two goals belonged to Elizabeth Tomlinson on back to back penalty kicks to open up a three goal lead at 5-2

“She was awesome tonight,” Okang said of Tomlinson following the game. “I took a gamble and moved her up as a midfielder, and it really paid off.”

Okang had nothing but praise for his midfield following the 5-3 victory.

“This is how I expected the game to go. I have confidence in my team, and I know we can do better, but I’m really pleased with what I saw on the field.”

The Lady Cougars next game will be against Crestview in Convoy on Thursday at 7 p.m.