EHS cruises past Robert C. Byrd

Phillips notches hat trick for Lady Tigers

The Inter-Mountain photo by Logan Comer Elkins High’s Hannah Haddix, right, battles a Robert C. Byrd player for the ball as Nonee High, No. 6, runs alongside.

ELKINS — Rachel Phillips was nearly unstoppable Tuesday as she tallied a hat trick to help Elkins blank Robert C. Byrd, 3-0, in girls varsity soccer action.

“I thought we played well,” EHS coach Scott Cutright said. “It was a pretty even match in the first half, but the girls came out with a good pace in the second half. They played smart and made good, crisp passes to each other. We executed on our set pieces. Finishing the corners was really important tonight.”

After a 0-0 deadlock in the first half, Phillips went on to collect 3 goals in the second stanza. Phillips scored her first goal about 10 minutes into the half on an assist by Erin Dettinger. Just about 8 minutes later, Phillips found the net again with an assist by Caitlin Weese. Phillips and Weese also hooked up for another goal with about 6 minutes left in the game to make the final 3-0.

The Lady Tigers managed to blast 10 shots on goal during the contest, while goal keeper Taylor Phillips make 3 saves. Cutright noted Taylor Phillips made a “key save” in the first half to keep the game tied going into the intermission. EHS also held a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks.

“We’re definitely starting to click a little bit more in the final third (of the season) and get things going offensively this year, more than we did last year,” Cutright said. “It is definitely good to see. The girls are starting to execute when we need them to.”


Elkins (8-4-1) is set to host Morgantown on Thursday. Game time is set for 6 p.m.