Diehl’s multi-goal game helps lift Girls Soccer over Manchester


Justin Escamilla

The girls soccer team huddles around their team captains before an 8-1 win over the Manchester Lancers.

A dominant offensive performance led to an 8-1 Cavalier victory over the Manchester Lancers on Thursday night. The Cavs’ offensive prowess started early and continued for a large portion of the night. 

The Cavs held possession of the ball for a majority of the game, and limited Manchester to only three total shots during the contest. The Lancers’ first shot attempt did not even come until there was just over four minutes left in the first half. 

As for the quick start by the Cavs, junior midfielder Ellie Diehl started the scoring with a goal that hit the back of the net directly off of her corner kick. The Green and Gold waited just five minutes before they scored another goal off of another corner kick, almost a replica of Diehl’s shot; this time by senior Katie Morton.

The Cavaliers would score two more times during the half. Senior Kayla Pulliam scored a goal with just over 23 minutes left in the first half, assisted by senior Mariet Nester. To end the half, junior Rylee Wampler scored a goal, assisted by senior Maddy Cheatham.

Going into the half, the Cavs enjoyed a four goal lead. Not looking back, the Cavaliers started their second half scoring virtually immediately after leaving the locker room. With her second goal of the game, Diehl found the back of the net again, scoring after only 55 seconds. 

Diehl won the Cavalier Chronicle Player of the Game award with her performance. In addition to the two goals, Diehl had five shots on goal on just eight shot attempts.

Just two minutes later, the Cavs scored again. Sophomore Kayci Konah scored a goal to put the team up by six goals with 27 minutes left. Even with their lead, the Cavaliers did not seem content with taking their foot off the gas. Not long after the goal by Konah, junior Anna Niles scored to make it seven to nothing in favor of the Cavs.

With just under 14 minutes left in the game, Manchester finally scored its first goal, followed by an 11 minute stretch with neither team scoring. After kicking two off the top of the goal post earlier in the game, senior Olivia Burnham scored a goal with just over two minutes left. 

With the win over Manchester, the Cavaliers extend their winning streak to three games; a stretch in which they have outscored opponents 23-1. The Lady Cavs will head back on the road on Tuesday, March 28, when they play Midlothian High School at 7 p.m.