GRAFTON -- The Grafton High School Lady Bearcats have extended their current winning streak to nine games, after blanking the Lady Knights of Preston, 3-0, here on McKinney Field last Tuesday, September 18, and then traveling to Fairview and beating the Lady Huskies of North Marion on Thursday, September 20.
Those two victories lifted Graftonís overall record up to 10-2 on the season.
Madison Cochran, off an assist from Kari Fawcett, and Fawcett, with a great one-on-one move against Prestonís goalie, gave the Lady Bearcats a 2-0 half-time lead over the Lady Knights. Then, Whitney Poling added an unassisted goal during the second-half action to create the final 3-0 score, with her shot moving low, and heading towards the near post.
Grafton took 25 shots, and placed 14 on goal, with Prestonís goalkeeper Ashley Hall recording 10 saves, and the Lady Knights also registering one defenderís save. At the same time, Preston took six shots, placed five on target, and Graftonís goalie Shawna Graham saved all five of those attempts.
On the Fairview Middle School Field, the home away from home for the Lady Huskies, Grafton grabbed a 3-1 lead in the first half, and added one more goal in the second half, while several of coach Lorraine Isnerís reserves were receiving some playing time during this 4-1 triumph.
Those goals were credited to: Fawcett, with an unassisted move to the net; Cochran, from 18-yards out; Kristen Barlow, off a nice left-to-right crossing pass from Fawcett; and Fawcett, using her left foot from 12-yards out.
Graham made six saves, and her replacement in the Grafton net -- Janel Kittle -- picked up one save, as North Marion took 12 shots, and placed eight on goal. The Lady Bearcats took 15 shots, placed 12 on goal, and the Lady Husky keeper Danielle Fluharty recorded eight saves.
Katie Dushier scored the North Marion goal.
Grafton had a two-match advantage of 17-to-2 in corner kicks, and the Lady Bearcats were called for 11 fouls in two games, while their opponents combined for 10.