Tigers use strong defense to blank Braves

How solid was the back line of the Circleville girls soccer team on Wednesday against rival Logan Elm?

Kylie McCain saw just one shot on goal, which the sure-handed sophomore keeper saved for her third clean sheet of the season.

The Tigers rode that solid defense and had more than enough offense on the other end of the pitch to post a 3-0 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over the visiting Braves.

“We had a great defensive effort from the back line of Maddux Bigam, Addiysn Ndaytwaeko, Emma Groff and Payton Ford to slow down and stop the Braves’ attack all evening,” Circleville coach Joseph Stitt said. “This group, along with Kylie McCain in goal, helped the team earn their third clean sheet on the season.”

Nilyn Cockerham gave the Tigers all the offense they needed with the lone goal of the first-half.

Cockerham added her second tally of the night just four minutes into the second half and Faith Yancey scored the final goal of the night with approximately 31 minutes remaining in the match.

Yancey and Groff assisted on Cockerham’s pair of goals and Cockerham picked up the assist on Yancey’s scoring tally.

“We never let up and kept the ball on the offensive half for the majority of the match,” Stitt said.

The Tigers (3-2-1, 2-1) travel to Miami Trace on Monday for a non-league tilt.

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