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Lady Jackets open by blanking Western

Feb. 28—In an unusual occurrence, all of Lee County crossed the border and invaded neighboring Harnett County Monday night.

When Lee County's women's soccer team arrived at old conference rival Western Harnett to open its season with a match against the Eagles, they already found Southern Lee present. Just a few hundred feet away, the Cavaliers were opening their JV and varsity baseball seasons against Western as well.

Well, the Lady Jackets couldn't let Southern steal the show. Lee dominated from wire to wire in the soccer match and walked out with a 6-0 victory, led by a hat trick from Gillian Garrison, who will play her home games in Harnett County next year as a player for Campbell University.

Lee, which led 2-0 at the half and then proved to have fresher legs than the Eagles in the season opener for both teams, and tacked on four goals after the break, had two goals from Ava Baldwin and one from Ava Perez, in addition to the three by Garrison. Addy Allen had two assists, with Lila Moshfegh and freshman Abigail Gaddy-Harrison each collecting one. Gaddy-Harrison thereby earned a point in her high school debut.

Senior Diana Ponce had five saves and scored a shutout in her first appearance of the season.

Garrison, who has been splitting time between basketball and soccer since women's soccer practice opened on Feb. 14, proved to be a serious matchup problem for the hosts from the get-go, frequently getting behind the Western defense. The Eagles were fortunate that she only scored three times.

Lee hit the road Tuesday night for a match at Panther Creek, and hosts Western for a rematch on Friday night.