Central takes pivotal 8-AAA match
Only one game separates Shelbyville Central and the regular season District 8-AAA soccer championship.
That game takes place Thursday night at 7 in Tullahoma.
The Eaglettes entered their matchup at Columbia on Tuesday afternoon undefeated in district play and atop the standings alongside the Lady Lions.
After a 6-2 victory, Central (7-5-1, 5-0 ) put themselves in the 8-AAA driver's seat.
"We knew going in this was a huge district game for us. Columbia had just beat Tullahoma 1-0 for the first time ever and they are well coached and have a very good team," Shelbyville coach Neal Gordon said. "Our girls were up for the challenge and we were fortunate to take an early lead and later pull away in the second half."
Junior Kayla Warren scored a hat trick for the Eaglettes while University of Tennessee verbal commitment Hannah Martin added a pair of goals with Megan Thompson also reaching the back of the net.
Columbia's lone goals came off penalty kicks by Mallory Brown and Lauren Wilson, one in each half.
Courtney Loudermilk turned in an outstanding performance on defense, limiting Columbia's best player to just a few touches.
"This is why we play those tough games early, so when we get back into the hard district games, we're ready to play," Gordon said. "This was just a good, solid team victory and this is something we need to carry into Thursday night against Tullahoma."
Shelbyville 3; Columbia 0 (JV): Rachel Imes, Elizabeth Caskey and Brittany Jackson each scored to lead the Eaglettes.