Holding a two-goal lead over Tennessee High early in the second half, the Lady Indians finished the job with a 4-2 victory in Tuesday’s District 1-AAA girls soccer semifinals. This followed exactly one week after the Lady Vikings had rallied to beat D-B 5-4 in the Tribe’s final game of the regular season.
Brantley Coggins led the way with two goals, including one in the 55th minute off an assist from Madeline Lyons that essentially ice the win.
The Lady Indians (6-7-1) advanced to face Science Hill (15-3-1) in Thursday’s final.
“It made me feel better to score the second goal because I was nervous after last week,” Coggins said. “Freshman year we advanced to the championship and, after last year, it feels great to get back. We have a whole new team this year and to play together that quickly is incredible.”
She wasn’t the only one with a case of nerves. D-B coach Tony Weaver didn’t breathe a sigh of relief until the scoreboard came up with all zeroes.
“I didn’t feel confident until the whistle blew. We were up 3-1 last week and I wasn’t going to be excited until the game was over,” Weaver said.
He had reason to be nervous. Tennessee High’s Emma Arnold finished with a game-high seven shot attempts — four in the closing minutes. Always a threat to score, her offensive production was limited to an assist on Sophie Arnold’s goal in the 63rd.
“They’re a quality team and they’ve got one of the best if not the best player in the district in Emma Arnold,” Weaver said. “We played cover defense and that helped us out a lot. We’ve been working on that a lot in practice.
“Blaire (Barrett), Emilee (Lane), Kinzee Mounger, Annabeth Parker and our goalkeeper Ellie (Nash) all had great games. Ellie made a couple of big saves in the first half that turned the game around.”
Getting on the scoreboard first also helped the Lady Indians.
Pia Winkler was nearly surrounded when she saw Lane throw the ball in from the side. It happened to go to the exact place she needed for a strong boot into the right side of the goal in the eighth middle.
“I saw Emilee Lane had that long throw and it bounced. Then, I saw some empty space in the corner and hit it in,” Winkler said. “I’m really happy because I was super nervous before the game. I felt bad after the game last week because I knew we had this in us. We showed it tonight.”
Tennessee High responded when Claire Helms scored off a rebound in the 17th to tie. Two minutes later, Coggins gave D-B the 2-1 lead it took into the half.
Barrett scored in the 45th off an assist from Maddie France and Coggins’ second goal, in the 55th, gave the Lady Indians the margin they needed. The Lady Vikings continued to press forward with the Arnold combination the game’s final goal.
Tennessee High beat D-B twice during the regular season.
“I thought we put forth the effort and had chances, and we just couldn’t capitalize and they were able to capitalize on their chances,” Lady Vikings coach Kevin Mooney said. “Throughout the game we had scoring opportunities. Their goalkeeper played really well. We just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net, and we made some critical errors that allowed them to put some in the back of the net.
“These girls have done nothing but work hard for us all year long. This is just a tough pill to swallow at the end of the year.”
SCIENCE HILL 9, DANIEL BOONE 0
Savannah Fields had two goals and an assist, Parker Fleenor also scored two goals and the Lady Hilltoppers rolled to the mercy-rule win.
Sydney Jordan opened Science Hill’s offensive onslaught in the eighth minute, and the Lady ’Toppers had a 25-0 advantage in shot attempts. Paige Carlsen, Ellie Luna, Sarah Luna and Ariana Rodriguez also scored, and Clair Roundtree had an assist on the game’s final goal by Fields.
Boone keeper Riley Adkins had nine saves over the first 20 minutes.