Soccer season ends in 6AAA semifinals
Posted By Sparta Live | October 16, 2013 12:00 am
The 2013 season came to a close for the White County High School soccer team in the semifinals of the District 6AAA tournament at Warren County.
The Warriorettes saw their season end with a 5-2 loss to the second seeded Lady Pioneers. WCHS advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals with a 2-1 win over Cumberland County Monday at Warrior Stadium. It took overtime to decide that game.
WCHS hung right with the higher seeded Lady Pioneers through most of the semifinal game.
It took almost 30 minutes for either team to get on the board. Warren County broke through for the first goal, but Fred Demers answered just three minutes later knotting the score at one.
The Lady Pioneers would add another goal before the intermission, which gave them a 2-1 lead going into the second half.
Warren County stretched their advantage to 3-1 with 23 minutes left in the game. The Warriorettes made things interesting with a goal by Sarah Webb with 12 minutes remaining.
The Lady Pioneers put the game away with two goals in the final five minutes of the contest for the 5-2 victory.
Coach Amber Lannom commented on the final game of the season for her team, “Tonight was the best game this season. It was 2-1 at the half and we made a comeback. With seven minutes left in the game, it was 3-2. I am so proud of this group of young ladies. They are amazing players and even bigger hearts. We ended third in the district and that is something to be proud of. It was a great season and an even greater group of girls.”
It took everything the Warriorettes had to hold off sixth seeded Cumberland County in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The two teams were knotted at one after 80 minutes of action. The score remained tied through one overtime period, but WCHS scored early in the second overtime to secure the win.
The game was a defensive battle from the start. Neither team had a lot of scoring opportunities in the contest. The Warriorettes actually had control of the ball more than the Lady Jets, but could not convert.
Finally, in the 71st minute of the contest, Loretta Beaty broke the scoreless tie. After a penalty on the Cumberland County gave the Warriorettes a direct kick, Beaty was there in a scramble for the ball and was able to knock it in as the goalkeeper was out of position.
WCHS had a chance to increase their lead, but Demers’ shot hit off the cross bar, bounced straight down and somehow managed to stay out of the net.
Cumberland County took advantage. Despite having very few shots on goal in the entire contest, the Lady Jets tied the score at one with 2:28 left in the game.
Webb had a chance at a goal in the final two minutes of regulation, but just missed and the teams headed to overtime.
First, they played two-10 minute overtime periods and neither team came close to scoring during that session.
That brought about the second overtime, which was two five-minute periods, but it was Golden Goal. That means sudden death. The first team that scores wins.
It didn’t take long for the Warriorettes to secure the win. Demers scored in the first minute of the second overtime giving WCHS the 2-1 victory.
Tuesday’s loss ended the Warriorette soccer season with a 7-8 overall record. They finished the regular season third in District 6AAA play.
Nine seniors will graduate off this team. They are: Kaitlyn Heath, Fred Demers, Kaydra Cash, Jerrica Swift, Sarah Webb, Loretta Beaty, Kenzi Smith, Sharon Young and Annalee Cunningham.
Commenting about this group, Lannom said, “I’m not sure where to start. They’ve lead this team since they were freshmen. They are always giving it everything they’ve got and nothing less. They encourage each other when the going gets tough and are encouragers to the underclassmen as well. I couldn’t ask for a better group of seniors and not sure I’ll have another group with this dynamic. They are amazing and I can’t say enough good things about them.”