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SF earns rematch with easy opener

SF earns rematch with easy opener
SF earns rematch with easy opener | SF earns rematch with easy opener
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
The warm-up is over. Now, on to the rematch.
South Fulton easily moved into the quarterfinal round of the Region 7A-AA Girls’ Soccer Tournament on Monday with an 11-1 win over Ripley at the SF field.
Other tournament soccer play had Obion Central advancing to today’s round with a 4-0 win over Trenton.
With its win, SF improves  to 9-6-2 on the season. More importantly, the Red Devilettes have extended their season. And, looking back to this same juncture last season, this is exactly where head coach Mixon Moore’s team wanted to be.
“The big one is (today) with Covington, and it’s a game we really want to win,” the Devilette coach said. “They put us out at this exact same point last year (a 2-1 Lady Charger win), and we expect to play a lot better this time. We’re playing at a high level right now, and this is a big opportunity for us.”
To earn this chance, South Fulton had to first dispatch of Ripley from the postseason.
No problem.
Taking the action straight at the young Lady Tiger squad — Ripley is in just its second year of the program — South Fulton dominated play in the first half in building an 8-0 lead by the intermission.
“We wanted to take them out of the game early,” Moore said. “We didn’t want them to linger around because that’s when you begin to play bad and get in trouble. We wanted to take care of business and then have fun. I’m proud of the girls who scored.”
South Fulton was the aggressor throughout the first half, challenging every Ripley possession and attacking the Lady Tigers’ net from all angles.
“We have good athletes, and we play physical,” Moore said. “We like to get after it, and I knew it would be that way. I knew Ripley would be a little timid coming out because it is such a young team.”
Desiray Sturgeon scored three goals, and Sam Murray added two more to lead SF’s offensive attack.
Sturgeon scored the opening goal on a soft cross shot between the keeper’s legs, put SF up 6-0 on a hard shot charging in from the right and made it 8-0 as she maneuvered past a defender and fired straight on from 10 yards out.
Savannah Larson, Mor-gan Kane and Amber Leath all added goals in the first half, and Haley McKinney, Emilee Goodman and Mikaela Hardy scored in the second half.
Ripley’s goal came late in the match and after South Fulton had scored its 11 goals on a shot over the keeper from 25 yards out.
SF travels to Covington for their quarterfinal match, action today slated to begin at 5 p.m.
OC 4, Trenton 0
The Lady Rebels split their scoring evenly with two goals in each half.
Kelsey Gibson and Brooke Jennings each scored in the first half as Central controlled the overall tempo of the game.
Keeping the ball on Trenton’s side for the majority of the second half, OC added two more goals  as Whitney Lee scored on an assist by Baylie Boucher and Kelsey Jackson reached the back of the net on a penalty kick.
Central’s defense was again stellar with Boucher, Laina Roberson, Ali Adcock and Allison Myers allowing very few chances for the Peabody attack to get through.
Taylor Baker had two saves in goal for the shutout. Published in The Messenger 10.18.11

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