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Eaglettes stun Lady 'Cats; Win sends Central to district tourney finals

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Junior Sydney Shortridge applies some great defensive pressure in the District 8-AAA semifinals against Tullahoma on Monday.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Shelbyville Central's Golden Eaglettes will be playing for the District 8-AAA Tournament championship after a come-from-behind victory over host Tullahoma in the semifinals on Monday night.

The Eaglettes advanced to the semifinals after posting a 9-1 win over visiting Lawrence County on Saturday.

Central (8-8-4) has now advanced to the region tournament and will host the first round of the region with a win against Columbia on the road on Wednesday night at 7 in the district championship.

Senior Bree Horner has been the rock of the Eaglette defense all season.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)

With the scored even at 1-1, senior Heather Groves placed a shot just over the Lady Wildcat goalie with approximately five minutes left to claim the game-winning goal.

After a scoreless first half, Tullahoma scored first midway through the second half.

Shelbyville freshman Olivia Doak evened the score off a free kick from about 30 yards with a shot that curved past the upper-right goal post.

"We really played pretty well. We did a good job of playing hard after we fell behind and then closed out the game with a pair of nice goals," Eaglette coach Neal Gordon said. "Our girls played their hearts out and they left everything on the field. That's all you can ask for as a coach."

Junior Katelyn Boyce claimed the win in goal.

"Our keeper Katelyn Boyce did a nice job in goal and made two great stops to keep is int he game," Gordon said. "This was just a great team win and all the girls are extremely excited to be playing in the championship game as well as the region."

"We've got our work cut out for us against Columbia on Wednesday night," Gordon said. "I'll get together with assistant coach Gary Bailey and we'll put together a good game plan. Gary has been a great edition this year and he really responds well to the girls."

Saturday (Quarterfinals)

Shelbyville 9, Lawrence County 1 - All the scoring was provided by freshmen (6 goals) and sophomores (three goals) while juniors and seniors did the majority of the work on the defensive end of the field.

Leading the way was freshman Olivia Doak with a hat-trick (3 goals) while classmates Alex Ragan, Lesleigh Blackburn and Morgan Jennings each added a goal. Sophomores finding the back of the net were Hayley Puckett with two along with Alexis Larion.

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