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Lady Dragons get win over Flyers in soccer

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

CHESAPEAKE — It seems 13 is a lucky and unlucky number.
Even though both teams had 13 shots on goal, the Fairland Lady Dragons took more advantage of their opportunities as they beat the St. Joseph Lady Flyers 3-1 on Tuesday in the Division III sectional soccer tournament.
“We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Lady Flyers’ coach Dan Blair.
Fairland scored first on a goal by Emily Browning early in the first half.
But with 23 minutes on the first half clock, the Lady Flyers answered as Chloe Sheridan scored to tie the game.
Fairland then took the lead with four minutes left in the half on a goal by Lexi Hall as she sailed a high shot over the outstretched arms of the Lady Flyers’ goalkeeper.
Fairland got an insurance goal in the second half when Nina Miller scored.
Despite the program being dormant for the past three season, the Lady Flyers posted an impressive 10-5 record.
“These girls gave it their all and showed great sportsmanship and heart all season long,” said Blair. “I am proud of all of their accomplishments on and off the field.”
The game was originally scheduled to be played at St. Joseph’ Clouston Field only to have rain soak the field with standing water.
Flyers’ athletic director Greg Bryant contacted Chesapeake High School athletic director Ryan Davis.
“The Chesapeake AD was kind enough to let us play our game on their field. We really appreciate their hospitality,” said Blair.

Fairland will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the district semifinals in Waverly.