Person soccer goes 2-1 in busy week

The Person High School soccer team spotted Bartlett Yancey an early goal, but roared back for an 8-1 victory in the second game of a marathon three-day run Tuesday at home.

The Rockets (2-5) opened the week with a 9-0 rout of Morehead and, after Tuesday’s non-conference win against Bartlett Yancey, finished the week with an 11-0 loss at Eastern Alamance.

Person controlled possession for most of early stages, but Bartlett Yancey was able to get on the board first with a sharp-angle goal on a counter-attack.

The Rockets responded with a pair of goals just 42 seconds apart.

Defender Jordan Lynch started a run with a beautiful pass up the left flank that ended with Emma Duncan getting loose on a breakaway with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half.

Less than a minute later, Abby Mayer outraced the Bartlett Yancey defense and scored the first of her five goals in the game.

She added a second goal just before half when she hammered a shot from about 25 yards off the hands of the Bucs’ keeper that trickled past the goalline.

The Rockets put the game away with three goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Senior Makayla Mayberry scored on a penalty kick three minutes into the second half after Jazmin Ibarra was tackled inside the goal box. Mayer scored three times in the second half, and Hannah Brann added a goal.

Person’s defense was strong throughout the game, led by keeper Alex Chapman. Chapman made a handful of big saves, including diving to keep the ball out of the net on a free kick in the second half.

“Our defense was the key in this game with Makayla Mayberry and Jordan Lynch clearing the field and Alex as big in goal,” Person coach Lauren Weaver said. “Their heads were in the game. It was the little things that were big for us.”

Mayer notched her 50th career goal in a game earlier this season, less than two weeks into her junior campaign. Her teammates made posters and joined in the milestone celebration.

“It was awesome,” Person coach Lauren Weaver said. “It was a big surprise for her. We’re ready for the 100th, but even in that night, in that game, she was willing to pass to her teammates. Without anyone even saying anything to her, she came up to me and said, ‘I want (Hannah Brann) to score tonight.’ She’s a very humble player and even though she wanted her two goals (to reach 50), she was thinking about her teammates.”

Person got a well-deserved rest for the remainder of the week and will be back in action Monday when it hosts Western Alamance. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

The Rockets get a chance to even the score with their cross-town rival Tuesday when they challenge Roxboro Community School. The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 at the half before rallying for 4-3 win in the first meeting between the teams.

Kickoff for the rematch is set for 6 p.m. at Rocket Stadium.

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