An up and down season continued last week for Coach Dave D’Avignon and his North Adams Lady Devils as they earned a split in two Southern Hills Athletic Conference contests, falling 4-1 to Fairfield on Aug. 27 before rebounding to blank Peebles 2-0 two days later.
The Lady Devils had picked up a big SHAC win over Fayetteville before they made the long haul to Fairfield and perhaps they faced a bit of an emotional letdown, but more likely they just ran into the talent that is Fairfield senior Kaitlin Evans. Evans pumped in three second half goals to break open a 0-0 halftime deadlock and lead the Lady Lions to the win. The lone North Adams goal came from sophomore Kitasha Mesmer with 10:12 to play.
“Evans is good, no question about that,” said Coach D’Avignon. “She will be playing somewhere in college next year. Our defense did a great job of holding her scoreless for the first half, but in the second half she was just too much to handle.”
On Friday, Aug, 29, the Lady Devils boarded the bus again for the short trip to Peebles and again played to a halftime whitewash as the game was 0-0 at the intermission.
Nine minutes into the second half, Mesmer made a centering pass that ended up near the foot of freshman Lakyn Hupp. Hupp was able to knock the ball forward and it deflected off a Peebles defender and into the net for her first varsity goal. Four minutes later, the Lady Devils struck again when junior Cati Butler got possession, dribbled left to right across the 18-yard line, then turned and blasted a rocket shot across her body that sailed past the Peebles goalie for the 2-0 advantage that stood up until the game’s end.
“The girls rebounded from a tough Fairfield loss to beat a very determined Peebles team on their home field,” said D’Avignon. “The girls were a little sluggish the first half but established control in the second half.”
“Madee Shipley came up big in earning her shutout. All of our defenders had a hand in holding them scoreless with special kudos to junior Bailey Schirtzinger who was pressed into service and played sweeper for the first time. She did a great job.”
With the loss, the Lady Indians dropped to 2-1 on the season while North Adams improved to 2-2-1.