Last night the Cullman Varsity girls were able avenge a lost from earlier in the season to area rival Decatur in a nail-biting 5-4 home win.
The Raiders got off to a hot start with two back to back goals in a span of just a few minutes for an early 2-0 lead. Jeta Falcon put Cullman on the board after an assist by Abby Morrow at the 24 minute mark in the first half.
Both would swap ball control and shots on goal for the next extended period of time until it turned into a shootout. At 11:30 Abby Morrow tied it at 2-2 unassisted. Then in a span of under two minutes Mimi Lunsford scored twice assisted by Ava Flores and a throw-in assist by Lillian Willoughby.
Just seconds later Decatur pulled back within one, 4-3, and the score would remain until the half.
Despite one last Cullman goal early by Falcon, it would prove to be a tail of two halves as the second half would be marked by stingy defenses by both clubs.
Despite Decatur’s aggressive offense Cullman was able to hold them off largely due to Gracie Barkdale’s 12 saves and lock down defense by Abigail Lawson and Madisyn Maherg. Lawson and Maherg were able to prevent any fast breaks and clear it back to midfield.
Under five to play Decatur in desperation scored again to make it 5-4 Cullman. Ultimately, the defense and pin-point passing was able to hold on for a tremendous area win.
The win brings the Lady Bearcats to 1-1 in 6A Area 14, 5-8-1 overall. They will take on school rival Hartselle in back to back games over the next week starting this Thursday at home at 7pm.
The JV girls were able to shutout Decatur 3-0 behind a Kylie Oliver assist to Alexis Harris and two goals by Anna Farrell, one being assisted by Macie Manning. Kendall Bussman made 3 saves.