By VAN HOLLAND
The Tarboro Lady Vikings have learned how to brave the cold weather and play through it. The 15th ranked team in the state dominated the entire 80 minutes Monday night against North Lenior behind spectacular offensive performances from Shayla Thorne and Katie King. They both scored two goals apiece and Thorne added two assists.
The Vikings defeated North Lenior 5-0 and improved to 5-1-1.
"I was real proud of the way everyone played," Tarboro coach Leshaun Jenkins said. "I sold them on having just one more game left before the break and I wanted us to go out with a win."
His Vikings answered the sales pitch, because they controlled the tempo of the match from the beginning. They took six shots on goal in the first three minutes of the match. Thorne broke down the right side of the field and made a nice pass to King, who in turn drilled it past the North Lenior goalie for her first goal.
About 15 minutes later, Carmen Guilford had a one on one break away with the goalie and took a shot which was deflected by the goalie. But Guilford settled the deflection and punched it in past the goalie to give Tarboro a 2-0 lead.
Three minutes before halftime, Thorne found the back of the net again when she chipped the ball over the goalie's head from 20 yards out to give the Vikings a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Thorne added her another assist to the stat sheet 10 minutes into the second half when she found King again. King blasted a shot past the goalie for her second goal of the match. Thorne added her second goal of the match halfway through the second stanza.
"Our offense was clicking today and Shayla and Katie stepped it up," Jenkins said. "This was a big step for us because we go into conference play when we come back and that is a great step forward."
Jenkins told King she had to step up her game offensively and score some goals since senior Julie Hayes is out with a knee injury.
"Katie really helped us out today and did exactly what I asked her to do," Jenkins said. "She made some good plays for us and she is learning what it takes."
Jenkins said he knows Thorne has realized that she has to carry the scoring load until they get Hayes back. Jenkins thought Thorne played phenomenal.
Jenkins and his Vikings have their minds set to win the conference this year. He said there was no better way to lead into it then to win a big match like this.
"I was just proud of everyone today because they all played hard," Jenkins said.
Tarboro took 26 shots on goal and North Lenior managed 13. Viking goalie Courtney Perkins had 11 saves in the match.