Notre Dame Falls In State Soccer Tournament

White House Defeats Irish 2-1 In A/AA Quarterfinals

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - by Jaime Barrett

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- After scoring a goal 15 minutes into Tuesday’s TSSAA Class A/AA soccer quarterfinal and holding that lead for the next 23 minutes, Notre Dame felt good about its chances of advancing to the state semifinals.

Two plays from White House’s Luis Vital prevented the Irish from doing so.

The sophomore scored the equalizer two minutes before halftime, and in the 55th minute, his assist to Austin Thomas secured his team’s 2-1 victory over Notre Dame at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

“We gave it away,” Irish coach Jim Schermerhorn said. “We absolutely just gave it away. We’ve got to have that guy. Nobody stepped to him, and the ball hit off the keeper and went in.”

Baggio Card, whose golden goal on Saturday against East Ridge sent Notre Dame to the state tournament, got the Irish on the board early in their Spring Fling opener. Notre Dame held the 1-0 advantage until Vital’s score gave White House the momentum heading into halftime.

The Irish just missed a go-ahead goal on a shot that went off the frame 10 minutes into the second period, but their scoring opportunities were harder to come by the rest of the way.

“I thought we were kind of losing the midfield a little bit,” Schermerhorn said. “We didn’t create the chances we should have. It just came down to that. Our possession kind of broke down, and we didn’t create the goal-scoring chances. We knew it would be a tough game. White House is a good team.”

The Blue Devils capitalized on their best scoring opportunity of the second half with 14:51 left on the clock, and although the Irish had a few balls in the box the rest of the way, their season ended at 9-9-2.

“You hate this day,” Schermerhorn said. “You hate when your season ends, but I talked to the guys more about where we started the season, and where we ended up. I really enjoyed coaching this group. They worked very hard. We’re a younger team, and we made a good run at the end. It was a disappointing loss today, but we came a long way. There was a huge improvement from the beginning of the season, and I was really pleased with that. It’s a long road, and we did a good job.”

(E-mail Jaime Barrett at jaimenbarrett@gmail.com)


Shorter Wins 4-2 Over Lee

The Shorter University Hawks celebrated homecoming afternoon with a 4-2 victory over the Lee University men's soccer team at the Ben Brady Field on Friday . The win allowed the Hawks to improve to 5-4-0 in the important Gulf South Conference (GSC) race and 7-9-1 overall. The Flames slipped to 7-8-2 in overall play and dropped to 2-6-1 in the GSC. Lee will close out the regular ... (click for more)

Boyd Bucs Blank Silverdale, 46-0

Junior E.J. Matthews rushed for 161 and one touchdown and Jeremy Borders scored on a punt return as visiting Boyd Buchanan defeated Silverdale, 46-0,  t o claim the District 5-A football championship Friday night. Senior Austin Jackson also scored three rushing touchdowns as the Bucs gained 328 yards on the ground (8.4 avg per carry). The Blue and Gold defense held ... (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)