After losing a tough and gritty 2-0 district match at Nolensville on Friday, Tullahoma rebounded and dominated in a pair of home victories this week.
The Wildcats first defeated Community 8-1 on Monday night, before following that with a 5-1 district win over Giles County on Wednesday.
In the District 11-AA matchup on Wednesday, Tullahoma jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead, before adding one more score in the second period, taking a commanding 5-0 advantage. Giles County added a late goal with 44 seconds remaining in the match, avoiding the shutout.
Jose Leyva-Solorio got the scoring started for Tullahoma less than four minutes into the contest. After getting the ball on the right side of the field, Leyva-Solorio was able to move his way inside, finding the bottom left corner of the net and giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with 36:08 left in the first half.
Justus Chadwick followed with the second score for Tullahoma, giving his team a 2-0 edge. Chadwick received the ball off of a cross-field pass and capitalized, finding the top right corner of the goal with 20:38 remaining in the opening period.
Thirteen seconds later, the Wildcats added another goal to take a 3-0 lead. Off of a steal, Tom Ellis quickly moved downfield, firing off a shot that found the top right corner of the net with 20:25 remaining in the first half.
Ellis added another score for Tullahoma just over two minutes later. After Leyva-Solorio fired off an initial shot, the ball was deflected by Giles County’s goalkeeper. Ellis was there for the rebound, battling a pair of defenders, before flicking the ball into the back of the net, giving THS a 4-0 lead with 18:01 left in the first period.
Leyva-Solorio added one final score for the Wildcats in the second half. After getting the ball deep, he was able to connect for a score in the bottom left corner of the net, making the score 5-0 with 29:57 remaining on the clock.
Tullahoma dominated ball possession throughout the game, totaling 27 shots on the night, 15 of which came in the first half. The Wildcats put up 11 shots on target throughout the night.
THS goalkeeper Will Stone wasn’t tested all that much throughout the night. Giles County totaled six shots in the match on Wednesday, with only one of those coming in the first half. Five of the six Bobcats’ shots were on frame.
In the first half on Monday against Community, Tullahoma led 4-1 and Ellis had put up a hat trick for the Wildcats. Leyva-Solorio added a pair of goals for Tullahoma in the win, while Kaleb Stroop, Ty Cox and Stone each added a score.
It took just six minutes for THS to get on the scoreboard. After Hudson Schaefer played a ball, Ellis was able to capitalize, netting his first goal of the night, putting the Wildcats in front 1-0.
Seven minutes later, Ellis added his second score, after beating the defense, and making it a 2-0 contest. Ellis then completed his hat trick 15 minutes later, after receiving a pass from Garrett Falk, connecting for a goal, giving Tullahoma a 3-0 advantage.
After Community scored with 10 minutes left in the first half, the Wildcats answered with another goal. Off of a corner kick, the Vikings’ goalkeeper was unable to hold on to possession. Stroop seized his chance, getting the ball and finding the back of the net, giving THS a 4-1 halftime advantage.
Out of the break, Leyva-Solorio got the scoring started for Tullahoma with back-to-back goals. He was first able to beat a pair of defenders, wielding his way to a score and giving the Wildcats a 5-1 lead 17 minutes into the second half.
Five minutes later, Leyva-Solorio was able to win the ball near midfield. From that spot, he fired off a shot that connected into the back of the net, putting Tullahoma in front 6-1.
Nearly six minutes later, Cox added his goal. He was able to beat a defender and connect for a score, making it a 7-1 match.
After starting in goal, Stone came out and played forward for Tullahoma. On a clearance, he was able to beat a defender, scoring and putting the Wildcats in front 8-1.
Tullahoma (6-4-1, 2-2) was scheduled to step out of district play, by traveling to face Franklin County on Saturday. As of press time, the result of that match was unavailable.
The Wildcats are next slated to play back-to-back district matches this week, first hosting Marshall County on Monday, before heading to Page on Tuesday. On Monday, match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Kickoff will then take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.