Sterlington 3, Minden 0
Sterlington improved to 3-1 on the pitch Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Minden at Panther Field.
Chandler Manning, Noor Sheikh-Khalil and Allison Guerriero accounted for the Lady Panthers' goals.
"As a team, I see us coming together," Sterlington coach Lori Bruscato said. "Our passing was really good Tuesday night, almost to a fault. There were times I wished we would have shot instead of passing, but I can't complain. We've come a long way."
Minden threatened only once the entire match.
"They hardly got the ball on our end of the field," Bruscato said. "Our goalie, Ana Hodnett, made one really nice save. Other than that, she hardly touched the ball."
Lauren Wright, Gray Grunskey, Maddie Merrell and Manning continued to play well on the defensive end.
"Other than the West Ouachita game, the defense hasn't really been tested a whole lot, so it's hard to say where we're at defensively," Bruscato said.
Going into the season, Bruscato's plan was to move people around until she found the right combination. Four games in, the lineup remains a work in progress.
"We've had a couple of players out," Bruscato said. "Abigail Raley, who just moved to defense, and Maddie Lawhon missed Tuesday night. We haven't played but one game with everybody. We'll have one out with an injury, then we'll have a different one out with an injury.
"I think we're kind of settling in, but we're definitely not fully set yet."
Guerriero and Lawhon, a pair of freshmen, have been pleasant surprises during the early part of the season.
"Allison started out on defense," Bruscato said. "She seems to make things happen, so we moved her up top. If we need speed on defense, we put her back there. She's a very versatile player. Basically, we put her wherever we need her."
Guerriero has already scored three goals.
Lawhon, a center midfielder who sat out the Minden game, has also caught Bruscato's attention.
"Maddie Lawhon has made quite an impression," Bruscato said.
Besides Minden, the Lady Panthers own wins over Ouachita (4-1) and Vidalia (8-0). West Ouachita dealt Sterlington its only setback, 2-1.
Wrapping up a five-game homestand, the Lady Panthers square off against Wossman on Thursday (Nov. 30) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 1:45 p.m., the Lady Panthers play their first road match at Tioga.