Owen soccer: Warlassies gain confidence with 3-game win streak, injured players return

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Striker Kaleigh Allison shoots on goal. Allison scored a hat trick against Mountain Heritage on March 30.

The Owen High girls soccer team won its home game against Mountain Heritage, 10-1 on March 30, extending a three-game win streak and bringing confidence to the team. 

"We're finally starting to put all the pieces together," said coach David Feist. "We're trust trying to stay motivated, we're trying to stay hungry."

Owen has a 2-0 record in conference play. The Warlassies' overall record is 3-4-1. 

Owen High girls soccer defeated Mountain Heritage on March 30 via mercy rule for a final score of 10-1.

With roughly 25 minutes remaining in the game, Owen scored its 10th goal, ending the game early via mercy rule. The nine-goal or mercy rule goes into effect when a goal differential of nine is reached at any point in the game, according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. 

Owen strikers Mattie Lehman and Kaleigh Allison led the Warlassies in scoring with three goals each. 

The Warlassies started with the ball, attacking hard, allowing Lehman to score the first goal of the match just over a minute into the game. Soon after, a shot from junior Mia McMurray resulted in a Mountain Heritage own goal, putting Owen up 2-0. 

By the end of the first half, Owen led by 6 goals, having taken 27 shots.

Owen continued to dominate offensively throughout the first half, increasing the lead to 6-0. With roughly 14 minutes left in the half, Feist subbed out the starters. 

The Warlassies ended the first half with 27 shots, while Mountain Heritage had only one. Owen finished with a 46-2 shot advantage. 

"The only thing I'd say that we need to work on is just being consistent," Feist said, discussing the team's defense. "Making sure that they stay humble enough that it keeps them pushing hard." 

Senior Mattie Lehman steals the ball from a defender. Lehman scored a hat trick against Mountain Heritage on March 30.

Second string goal keeper Maggie Brock came in for Owen in place of starter Allison Little. Little had one save in the game. Brock faced one shot against Mountain Heritage and was unable to save it. 

Mountain Heritage started the second half with possession but quickly lost the ball to Owen, leading to two more goals for the Warlassies. Up 8-0, Owen allowed a free kick, leading to the Cougars' only goal of the night. 

Leading by seven, Lehman scored her third goal. The final goal came from Allison. 

Striker Kaleigh Allison jukes a Mountain Heritage defender on March 31.

Feist said the team's confidence has returned along with its injured players. He said the gradual return of the team's leading scorer, Abby Reitzel, coming off an ACL injury, has been beneficial. 

Last season, Feist said, Reitzel was all-conference as a freshman. Having her back has helped the team improve offensively, according to Feist.

"We're trying to keep a good focus going in the right direction," Feist said. "We showed signs of some good chemistry tonight." 

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.