Wednesday, October 17, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
Soddy Daisy and Ooltewah posted District 5-AAA soccer wins Tuesday and meet Thursday for the district title.
The host Trojans defeated Cleveland, 6-2, while Ooltewah edged McMinn County, 1-0, on the road.
Soddy Daisy 6, McMinn Co. 2
Summer Lanter scored a hat trick along with an assist, while teammate Megan Weller had two goals and an assist as the Trojans imoproved to 14-2-3.
Weller put the Trojans up 2-0 with goals in the eighth and 13th minutes, as the hosts outshot the Blue Raiders (8-7-2), 12-4 in the first half.
"We came out aggressive and scored two early goals," said Soddy Daisy coach Moises Drumond.
Lanter scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 44th minutes for a 3-0 lead, while a double assist on a long pass from Miranda Smith to Lanter followed by a crossing pass to a waiting Natalie Smith 10 yards in front of the Cleveland goal made it 4-0 in the 50th minute.
Lanter's goals on assists from Weller and Kaily Groover upped the lead to 6-0 with 11 minutes remaining.
Lanter (23rd minute) and Miranda Smith (71st minutes) also had shots hit off the cross bar and bounce away.
Cleveland goals weree by Sohara Perez (74th minute ) and Sam DeBien (77th minute, from Hope Haas).
"We showed good character with those late goals as we fought and had good touches to make the goals possible," said Cleveland coach Andy Byrd.
Summing up the season, Byrd noted his squad is talented, one with good team speed abd "we did an excellent job with what we had."
"Soddy Daisy is a better team and when Summer (Lanter) brings a different dynamic when she is in the game."
District Final: Soddyt Daisy hosts Ooltewah Thursday at 7 p.m. for the District 5-AAA championship as both teams will advance to the Region 3 semifinals next Tuesday.
70 Wins: The Trojan seniors are now 70-10-9 in four years.
"There is no letting up from now on," said coach Drumond. "We have to play all out for 80 minutes if we want to continue in the playoffs."
Cleveland 0 - 2 -- 2
SD 2 - 4 -- 6
SD - Megan Weller (Summer Lanter), 8th minute, 1-0
SD - Weller (Miranda Smith), 13th minute, 2-0
SD - Lanter (Weller), 44th minut, 3-0
SD - Natalie Smith (Miranda Smith, Lanter), 50th minute, 4-0
SD - Lanter (Weller), 65th minute, 5-0
SD - Lanter (Kaily Groover), 69thh minute, 6-0
Cleve - Sohara Perez, 74th minute, 6-1
Cleve - Sam DeBien (Hope Haas), 67th minute, 6-2
Records: Soddt Daisy (14-2-3), Cleveland (8-7-2)
Goals: SD, 6-2
Shots: SD, 21-8
Corner Kicks: SD, 5-0
Crosses: SD, 11-4
Throw-Ins: SD, 39-27
Free Kicks: Cleve, 4-2
Offsides: SD, 1-0
Hand Balls: None
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Goal Keepers: SD (Baylee Burk, 3 saves), Cleveland (Jenna Scoggins, 3 saves)
Goal Kicks: Cleve, 16-5
Ooltewah 1, McMinn County 0
Christina Cook's first half goal on an assist from Kelsey Skillman proved to tbe the winner as No.3 seed Ooltewah defeated No.2 seed and host McMinn County, 1-0, Tuesday in the District 5-AAA seminfinals.
The victorious Owls outshot the Cherokees, 15-7, and avenged a 3-0 loss at McMinn County on Oct..1.
Ooltewah goalkeeper Alyssa Johnson stopped a McMinn County penalty kick in the second half to preserve the shutout.
Ooltewah 1 - 0 -- 1
MC 0 - 0 -- 0
Records: Ooltewah (8-6-2), McMinn County (10-9-1)
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