|Lady Rebels’ extra effort(s) worthy of semifinal spot |
|Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:00 pm |
Obion Central had to work overtime — and then some — to advance in the Region 7A-AA Soccer Tournament.
The Lady Rebels did that, though, battling through two overtimes and then a pair of sudden death periods before Baylie Boucher buried the deciding goal in the net to give OC a thrilling 4-3 victory over host South Gibson Tuesday.
The victory sends Central (11-5) into the tournament semifinals Thursday evening where it will play Dyersburg on the Lady Trojans’ turf at 5 p.m. Another win there against the top seed from the West Division would give Obion Central its first-ever berth in the regional finals and a spot in the sectional round.
Covington — the No. 1 seed from the East — will play Westview in the second semifinal Thursday at 7 p.m. at DHS.
South Fulton was not as fortunate as its Obion County counterpart, the Devilettes seeing their season end in a 4-0 quarterfinal loss at Covington Tuesday.
SF ends its season with an 8-9 worksheet.
Dyersburg advanced to Thursday’s Final 4 with an 11-0 whitewash of Haywood, while Westview blanked Crockett County 3-0 to move on.
The following is a recap of Tuesday’s matches involving local teams.
OC 4, South Gibson 3
Boucher scored the game-winner after a corner kick sent into the box rebounded to the top of the penalty area, where the Lady Rebel senior booted it into the goal to set off a wild celebration.
“It was probably the hardest-fought game of the year for everyone involved,” Central head coach Daniel Johnston said. “Our defense played well. And we had great crowd support.”
Brooke Jennings buried penalty kick late in regulation to send the contest into extra time.
A Katie Speed goal off a Whittney Lee corner kick had given Central a 1-0 halftime lead.
Both teams scored in the first 10-minute overtime session with Speed converting for a second time late to forge a 3-all tie.
Taylor Baker had seven saves in goal for the Lady Rebs and was lauded by Johnston for a “great game.”
Covington 4, SF 0
The Lady Chargers did all their scoring in the first half to end South Fulton’s season.
Taleeah Cross had 14 saves in goal for the Devilettes.
“I’m proud of every girl on the team. They all have special talents and are great girls,” first-year head coach Emily Belote said. “I think we had a great season. The seniors will certainly be missed.”
South Fulton played its last several games without the services of arguably its best player — Desiray Sturgeon — who suffered a significant knee injury in a late-season game.
Published in The Messenger 10.17.12