Lynchburg-Clay's Olivia Balon is pictured during the Lady Mustangs' game against Western Brown Monday at LCHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Lynchburg-Clay's Olivia Balon is pictured during the Lady Mustangs' game against Western Brown Monday at LCHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
DODSONVILLE — It was a rare occurrence for the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs on Monday night, but also a little deja vu as LCHS was shut out by the Western Brown Lady Broncos by a 2-0 score in non-conference play.

The reason for the deja vu occurred is because the last time the Lady Mustangs were shut out was also against the Lady Broncos on Aug. 19, 2017, also by a 2-0 score at LCHS.

On Monday for the Lady Mustangs, they never got into any offensive rhythm as their shots were off in a variety of directions, and defensively, the Lady Broncos beat the Lady Mustangs on two occasions for their goals.

“Right now, we are playing as poor of soccer I’ve seen a team I’ve coached play,” LC head coach Dennis West said. “We’re just disjointed on offense, we make mistakes on defense that turn around and hurt us, and tonight that happened.

“We just make mistakes, and we are not smart enough soccer-wise to cover up for those mistakes. Western Brown took advantage of it. We are out-shooting teams but not putting the ball into the net.”

Coach West continued to talk about the shooting of his team against Western Brown.

“Today we out-shot (Western Brown), and that has been the story just about every game this year. We’ve out-shot the opponent, but some of the shots we are taking are weak,” West said. “There is nothing on them. We aren’t patient enough. We are passing when we should be shooting and shooting where we should pass, and that was a quote from my assistant Chris Tipton. We just are making poor decisions all over the field.

“It isn’t just one or two girls. We work on things in practice, but when we get out here we struggle, and right now we are struggling mightily.”

The two goals by the Lady Broncos came with 35:00 left in the first half, and that score stood for a 1-0 lead at halftime. Their second goal came with 13:48 left in regulation, with the goal also by No. 9.

LC’s second half saw a near goal for the Lady Mustangs with the ball bouncing off the cross-bar off a kick from around 20 yards away.

In the game, both teams each received a yellow card with LCHS having a yellow card in the second half, and Western Broncos given one in the first half around the 20-minute mark.

At goal for LCHS, Serena Smith totaled four saves, and the Lady Broncos had nine saves. LC out-shot the Lady Broncos, 17-11, with Western Brown having seven shots in the first half and four in the second half. LCHS totaled eight shots in the first half and nine shots in the second half.

“Right now, we have no one who wants to step up and be a vocal leader on this team, and I’m going to find somebody,” West said. “It could be a freshman, and I’m going to find somebody who will take this team and take it over and take charge of this team. I’m not going to settle for what we’ve been getting, it is not going to happen. We have two practices before we go to Wilmington on Thursday night.

“We are woefully lacking in courage, and we just don’t have much willpower, and I’ve not had to say that ever about a team.”

The loss moves the Lady Mustangs to 3-2-3 overall and 2-0-2 in SHAC action this season. Western Brown now stands at 9-1-0 overall, and they are also 4-0-0 in SBAAC play.

Next for LCHS is an away match on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Wilmington with a 5 p.m. start.