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SF makes Westview work extra before ending historic season

SF makes Westview work extra before ending historic season
By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Messenger
The South Fulton Lady Red Devil soccer team’s magical run in the Regional 7A-AA tournament came to an end against Westview in an 4-1 emotional overtime loss Thursday night in the semifinals.
The Devilettes nonetheless showed that they belonged among the region’s top teams in just their second year of the program.
“They showed who they were tonight. They played above themselves like they have done all year long. They found a way to get into the game and almost win,” an emotional Mixon Moore, SF’s head coach, said after the game.
“They have done that all year long, just like against Covington.”
SF (10-7-2) took the No. 1 seeded Lady Chargers all the way to end of regulation with the scored tied 1-1, thanks to Desiray Sturgeon’s penalty kick with just under 16 minutes to play in regulation in the semifinal match.
Sturgeon made one last attempt on goal during the final two minutes of regulation, but Westview goalie Makenzie Vincent blocked the kick to send the game into overtime.
South Fulton and Lady Chargers played two 10-minute overtime periods with neither team able to score thanks in part to some stingy defense by both squads. SF had one kick on goal in the first 10-minute period and held Westview to no kicks on goal.
Neither team was able to make a kick on goal in the second 10-minute frame.
The game then went into two five minute goal-to-goal periods with Westview getting three kicks on goal in the first five minute period — none of which were successful. Lady Red Devil goal keeper Taleeah Cross made one save during that succession.
Cross made one more save just as time expired in the second five minute goal-to-goal period on a shot by Westview’s Amberly Baker.
The game then went to five-and-five kicks with Westview scoring on its first two kicks.
South Fulton’s first kick by Savannah Larson was tipped in the air by Vincent, deflecting over the top of the net.
The Red Devils’ second kick attempt by Sturgeon sailed over the net.
Emily Plunk missed Westview’s third shot, giving the Lady Red Devils some hope, but Haley McKinney’s kick also went high over the net for SF.
Shelby Donavant then gave Westview the win with her kick getting past Cross on the Chargers’ fourth attempt.
Cross made seven saves on goal for the game.
“Westview is years ahead of us developmentally-wise, but we found a way to get there,” Moore concluded. “We pushed them to the brink, and I am just proud to be a coach in a town like South Fulton. I love it and I have never been with a team like this before.
“These girls have made their mark, and I am proud of them.” Published in The Messenger 10.21.11

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