THS girls soccer senior night

Tullahoma celebrated senior night during halftime of the girls soccer game against Nolensville on Saturday, honoring its four senior members. Those senior players included, from left: Aimee Christopher, Cassidy Connor, Rachel Johnson and Lila Saunders. 

After having to reschedule their first matchup due to weather, Tullahoma and Nolensville instead closed out the regular season on Saturday when the Lady Knights picked up a decisive 5-1 road win.

The Lady Wildcats were initially scheduled to play three games during the final week of the season. However, weather did not cooperate, leaving Saturday’s District 11-AA matchup.

Following Saturday’s loss, Tullahoma will get set for the playoffs by hosting Central Magnet in the opening round of the District 11-AA Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. During the regular season, the teams split the matchup, tying at 2 in Murfreesboro.

On Saturday night, Nolensville controlled the first half, dominating ball possession. The Lady Knights totaled 15 shots, 10 of which were on frame, but only led 2-0 at halftime. Tullahoma was limited to just one shot, which was on frame, during the first period.

Lauren Burch got the scoring started for Nolensville less than six minutes into the matchup. Burch was able to get the ball on the left side of the field, fire off a shot that deflected into the back of the net with 34:09 remaining in the first half.

Millie Smith followed with the second score for the Lady Knights. Tullahoma goalkeeper Rachel Johnson misplayed a ball as Smith’s shot just went over her head, reaching the back of the net, making it a 2-0 contest with 17:52 left in the opening period.

In the second half, it was Tullahoma who put up the first score, just over a minute into the period. After getting a pass from teammate Cassidy Connor, Julia Duncan was able to capitalize, finding the bottom left corner of the net, making the score 2-1 with 38:50 remaining in the contest.

However, Nolensville went on to add three more goals, including a pair of scores on penalty kicks, sealing the victory. Delanie Gebhard netted the first of those penalty kicks with 35:59 remaining in the second half, firing a shot that found the left side of the net, giving her team a 3-1 edge.

Exactly seven minutes later, Parker Leftwich added a score for Nolensville, upping her team’s score to 4-1. Gebhard added another goal off of a penalty kick with 25:35 left in the contest as the Lady Knights took a 5-1 lead.

Again, Tullahoma’s offense was stifled in the second half, totaling just the one shot made by Duncan. Nolensville put up nine shots in the second half, five of which were on target.

On Saturday, Tullahoma also celebrated senior night, honoring its four senior members. Those seniors included Connor, Johnson, Aimee Christopher and Lila Saunders.