Julia Duncan scored four goals, including netting a second-half hat trick, and the Tullahoma High School girls soccer team started the regular season on a positive note, picking up a 7-3 win at Cascade on Monday.
Natalie Nunn, Kaylee Stacy and Amy Johnson each added a score for the Lady Wildcats in the season-opening victory.
Tullahoma (1-0) is scheduled to open District 11-AA play on Wednesday with a trip to Page. Kickoff of the varsity game is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the junior varsity match beginning at 5 p.m.
Following that, Tullahoma will play three games when it hosts the Southern Middle Tennessee Tournament at Johnson Lane this weekend. The Lady Wildcats will open their tournament by facing off against Zion Christian on Friday at 7 p.m. on Field 2.
On Saturday, Tullahoma will play a doubleheader. The Lady Wildcats will face Walker Valley at 10:30 a.m., before taking on Lincoln County at 4 p.m. Both of those games will take place on Field 2.
At Cascade on Monday, Tullahoma dominated ball possession the entire game. Nearly 10 minutes into the match, Duncan gave her team the lead for good. After receiving the ball on a pass from a teammate, Duncan was able to fire off a shot with a Cascade defender on her, finding the right corner of the net, putting the Lady Wildcats up 1-0.
Midway through the opening half, Nunn added to Tullahoma’s lead. After an initial shot by Duncan was deflected back into play, Nunn was there in the middle of the keeper’s box, gaining ball possession. From there, Nunn capitalized, finding the bottom right corner of the net, giving the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Just minutes into the second half, Duncan netted her second score of the game. Once again, Duncan received a pass from a teammate, where she was able to out race Cascade’s defense. With no defender on her, Duncan was able to fire off a shot into the bottom right corner of the net, putting Tullahoma up 3-0.
Cascade cut into its deficit with a quick goal, but the Lady Wildcats answered right back to extend its lead to 4-1. This time, Stacy got into the scoring column, firing off a deep shot that bounced over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net.
However, Cascade wouldn’t go away quietly. With Erin Douglas in at keeper for Tullahoma, the Lady Champions netted back-to-back scores, cutting their deficit down to 4-3. Lady Wildcats’ starting keeper Trinity Tennant was reinserted into the game for the Lady Wildcats once it became a one-score matchup.
Tullahoma controlled the remainder of the matchup, including putting up the game’s final three goals. Johnson added the next score for the Lady Wildcats, firing a deep shot that found the bottom left corner of the net, giving her team a 5-3 advantage.
Duncan rounded out her day with a pair of quick scores. Late in the second half, Duncan received a pass on the left side of the field, legged out Cascade’s defense and found the bottom left corner of the goal, making the game 6-3.
Nearly two minutes later, Duncan scored again. This time, Duncan outworked Cascade’s defense for ball possession, fighting off a pair of defenders and firing a shot that landed in the bottom left corner of the net, making the score 7-3.
In total, Tullahoma had 31 shot attempts on the night, 21 of which were on frame. In the second half alone, the Lady Wildcats had 21 shot attempts, 15 of which were on target.
Cascade had just five shots the entire game. Three of those shot attempts were on target for the Lady Champions, and all connected for goals.