By Danny Parker
Emma Moyers did her share of twine-thinning in a non-district match Monday afternoon.
The sophomore notched a hat trick as Union County topped Carter, 3-0, to improve to 2-1.
“It helps with the confidence greatly, especially coming off a bad loss to Grainger just to get us back on the right track,” fifth-year Union County coach Drew Richardson said. “Got a big district game (Tuesday), so hopefully carry the momentum over.”
Moyers broke a scoreless tie with a goal 9:57 prior to intermission. The 1-0 Union County advantage was the halftime tally.
“If (Moyers) goes offensively, then we go as a team,” Richardson said. “If she’s not doing much, then we struggle. Allisa Hawk, who’s our center-mid, they kind of play off each other.
“They both can play, and they’ll both play at the next level. They’re good, they’re real good. They help our program out tremendously.”
Ashton King stepped up with six saves while in the net for the Patriots.
“(King) had some big saves. Defense played great tonight. Defense played really well,” Richardson said.
With 2:31 remaining, Moyers took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity with the Carter keeper for the final score of the match and her sixth goal of the season.
“At the end of the second half, we kept getting shots and finally got some to go,” Richardson said.
Union County seeks its first District 3-AA victory when it faces Claiborne on Tuesday.