Before the preseason came to a close, the Tullahoma High School boys soccer held its annual Soccer For A Cure Play Night on Thursday, with all of the proceeds benefitting a local family who has a family member dealing with cancer.
During the play night, the Wildcats played two 40-minute periods against two different teams. The Wildcats split those matchups, first beating Siegel 1-0, before dropping a 1-0 decision to Columbia Central.
In game one of the night for Tullahoma, there was little offensive opportunities as the Wildcats and Stars combined for just seven total shots in the period. Siegel finished with four total shots, only one of which was on target. Tullahoma had three shots, two of which were on frame.
It was Tullahoma’s first shot attempt that landed for a goal. After the ball on a pass from a teammate, Jose Leyva-Solorio was able to break away, getting to the middle of the box, finding the bottom left corner of the goal, to put the Wildcats in front 1-0.
Siegel struggled with its shots in the matchup, with its first three attempts sailing high or wide, even off of a drop kick and a one-one-one situation. The Stars’ final shot attempt was on target, but Tullahoma goalkeeper Will Stone was there to make the save.
Stone was forced to be more active in game two of the night, as Columbia put up seven shots, four of which were on frame. In that matchup, Stone had three saves, including a leaping one, where he had to jump, getting his left hand on the ball for a deflection out of the goal, to preserve the scoreless contest.
Columbia dominated ball control throughout the period, as Tullahoma had just two shot attempts, only one of which was on target.
With 4:22 remaining on the clock, the Lions finally broke through onto the scoreboard with a laser shot into the left side of the net. Tullahoma couldn’t answer back as Columbia’s defense held the Wildcats in check for the remainder of the contest.
The Wildcats are scheduled to open the season with a pair of matches this week. Tullahoma is slated to travel to Lead Academy for a 3 p.m. matchup on Tuesday, before hosting Marshall County at 6 p.m. on Thursday.