Tullahoma netted its first score nearly the midpoint of the first half on Tuesday, and didn’t let up on its way to picking up a 6-0 home win over Lawrence County on senior night.
Julia Duncan scored four of those goals for the Lady Wildcats, including the first two of Tuesday’s matchup. Meredith Fogle added a score, while Paisley Simmons scored the final goal for the Lady Wildcats.
On Tuesday, Duncan put Tullahoma in front 1-0 with a goal with 27:39 remaining in the first half. That score came off an assist by Katy Champion, her first of four assists in the match.
Champion gained ball control at the top of the keeper’s box. From there, she was able to pass it to Duncan, who was located lower in the box, on the right side of the field. Duncan then converted her opportunity into a score, finding the bottom right corner of the net.
Less than a minute later, the duo again connected for a score. Once regaining ball control, Tullahoma quickly pushed the ball downfield. Champion once again laid off a pass to Duncan, who scored with 26:49 left in the first half, putting her team in front 2-0.
Tullahoma added one more score before the first half came to a close. After Champion received ball possession down low, she was able to hit Fogle for a pass. Fogle then slid and scored, giving THS a 3-0 lead with 20:35 remaining in the opening half.
That score held until the second half, when Duncan finished off her hat trick, after receiving a free kick just outside the keeper’s box, putting her team up 4-0. Lawrence County was called for a handball, and Duncan took the kick for Tullahoma, finding the back of the net with 27:56 left in the match.
Duncan then added another quick score for Tullahoma before her night was through, scoring with 26:02 remaining in the final period. Once gaining possession, the Lady Wildcats marched downfield, where Duncan netted the score, giving her team a 5-0 lead.
With 12:11 left in the match, Simmons connected for Tullahoma’s final score. After getting the ball on a pass from Champion, Simmons made the most of her opportunity, putting the Lady Wildcats in front 6-0.
“We are kind of an up-and-down team. We have moments where we are world-beaters and then other moments where we don’t play to our best,” said THS Head Coach Marvin Carson. “Tonight, we played a good game and played like we are capable of playing … I feel like this an indication of what we are capable of when we are playing well.”
Heading into Tuesday’s matchup, the Lady Wildcats were coming off a tournament run in Gatlinburg, which saw them garner a win, while splitting their other two matches. Tullahoma defeated Calvary Christian 4-0 last Saturday, but split a match 1-1 with Copper High School earlier in the day. Both of those opponents that Tullahoma played on Saturday were from Kentucky.
The Lady Wildcats then split a 2-2 matchup with Merrol Hyde on Sunday. Despite only winning one game, Carson said he was really proud of the way that his team played.
“Every team that we faced up there was a quality team. There were two teams from Kentucky that we played. We tied one match at 1. We were the better team in that one, we just got unlucky and they scored in the final five minutes of that one.
“Then we were up 2-0 against a strong team from Hendersonville, Merrol Hyde, and they ended up tying it with seven minutes left, unfortunately. We outshot the other teams and outplayed the other teams. So, we were still really happy with the way that the girls performed. It seems like we are really peaking at a good time.”
On Thursday, Tullahoma (7-5-2, 3-3)will be looking to defend the Coffee Cup, when it hosts Coffee County. Despite cutting it close the last two years, the Lady Wildcats have managed to hang on to the Coffee Cup the last two seasons.
After being down two scores in 2017, the Lady Wildcats rallied to go on to secure the cup with a 3-2 victory. Last year, Tullahoma found itself down 3-0 at halftime and 4-1 in the second half, before notching a 5-4 comeback win in overtime.
“It’s always a big-heated rivalry,” Carson said. “I can tell you, Thursday is one of the reasons why we were really substituting players tonight once we got up a couple of goals. We took some players out, because we know that we need some fresh legs against Coffee County … hopefully the result is the same this year, but I want it to be more of a comfortable game.”
Kickoff of the varsity game is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the junior varsity match taking place beforehand at 5 p.m.