By ZACH BIRDSONG
After a sloppy first half by both teams, it took three minutes into the second half for Tullahoma to grab the lead for good, going on to pick up a 3-1 home win over Central Magnet in the first round of the District 11-AA on Sunday.
Braving the rain, neither team could be consistent with ball possession in the first half, as the water slowed down the game immensely. However, with 37 minutes left in the contest, Julia Duncan connected with her first of three second-half scores, on her way to a hat trick on the night.
After being limited to just five first-half shots, Tullahoma put up 11 shots in the final period of play against Central Magnet. Of the 16 shots on the night by the Lady Wildcats, 12 of them were on target. The Lady Tigers added 13 shots of their own, with nine of them on frame.
Allie Kraabel finished with two assists on the night for Tullahoma. Cassidy Connor added an assist of her own, including aiding Duncan on the first score of the ballgame.
Connor hit Duncan with a pass on the left side of the field as the sophomore was able to give Tullahoma the 1-0 advantage. Duncan was able to cut her way back to the middle of the field toward the box, hurdling over Central Magnet’s goalkeeper and firing a shot into the back of the net with 37 minutes left on the clock.
Less than two minutes later, Duncan added her second score of the game, putting Tullahoma in front 2-0. Off of a corner kick, Kraabel fired a ball into the box, which was corralled by Duncan who connected for a score on the bottom right corner of the net with 35:24 remaining in the contest.
Nearly 20 minutes later, Duncan completed her hat trick, giving her team a 3-0 lead. Kraabel connected with Duncan on pass at the middle of the field. Duncan was able to cut up a little bit, before putting up a shot outside of the box that found the top left corner of the goal with 17:16 left in the contest.
Tullahoma couldn’t quite preserve the shutout, as Central Magnet added a score with 12:30 remaining in the contest, to cut it to a 3-1 game. However, the Lady Wildcats were able to control possession the remainder of the contest, holding on for the victory.
The Lady Wildcats were slated to face Page on Tuesday in the District 11-AA Tournament. As of press time, the result of that matchup was unavailable.