West, JCHS win district openers, face off tonight in semis
West routs Cherokee 17-0
Morristown West’s Hannah Kinkead (5) advances the ball upfield against Cherokee during Monday’s District 2-AAA soccer tournament opener at Frank Lorino Park.
After last week’s battle royale in their regular season finale loss to Farragut, the Morristown West Lady Trojans started their playoffs with a matchup that, frankly, they knew they would win easily.
Cherokee’s program is in its inaugural season and though the Lady Chiefs showed a positive attitude and a big heart, the program just isn’t in a place to compete with West High.
That was evident from the start as West banged home 17 goals, including eight from Abigael McGarel on their way to a 17-nil win.
“When we played them a week or so ago, I told them that my hat’s off to them,” West coach Jennifer Murphy said. “I am a proponent of women’s soccer. As far as team’s that start, not really having a feeder program, and their attitude, they were positive the whole night. It didn’t matter if it was one to nothing or how it ended, they kept trying. They never gave up.
“They lifted the spirits of my girls, too. They came into this game knowing they weren’t going to win but still they tried.”
Murphy’s team scored 12 goals in the first half, five from McGarel, three from Hannah Kinkead, two from Sydney Newsome and one each from Shelby Pollock and Mallory Sawyer.
Newsome ended the night with three goals and two assists.
Murphy set some ground rules for her team in the second half. They could only shoot headers and had to pass several times before they could take a shot.
“We did a couple of things that we needed to work on anyways,” Murphy said. “With having a game on Monday we didn’t get to practice. And, out of respect for Cherokee, I didn’t want to just drive the ball down and score … when you play a team like this you play to get better.”
McGarel added three more goals in the second half and Newsome had her third. Cherokee also had an own goal to provide the final tally.
Sara Spain had three assists on the night while Ashley Foster, Erika Long Anna Thompson and Megan Horner had two assists each.
Kinkead and Erin McGarel each has a second half assist as well.
Murphy said it was nice to experiment with line-ups and gives some other girls playing time.
“It is because usually you get down to the hard part of your schedule, the end of your season. And especially in the district tournament it becomes do or die, you don’t get that opportunity,” Murphy said. “So I’m glad we got that opportunity tonight and I hope we can do it at least another time.”
The Lady Trojans are back in action tonight as they host Jefferson County at 6 p.m. at Burke-Toney Stadium. A loss will end the season for either team.
“If you don’t win tomorrow, you go home,” Murphy said. “If you win tomorrow that guarantees at least two more.”
-By John Gullion, Tribune Managing Editor
Lady Pats blank East 5-0
Jefferson County’s Brooke Taylor (17) races against Morristown East’s Maria Cabrera (8) to possess the ball during Monday’s District 2-AAA soccer tournament opener in Dandridge.
DANDRIDGE — Brooke Taylor could only be stopped by sitting on the bench Monday night. The Jefferson County forward scored four goals as the Lady Patriots shut out Morristown East 5-nil at Leroy Shannon Field in the opening round of the District 2-AAA girls soccer tournament.
Jefferson County will face off against Morristown West tonight in the second round of the D2-AAA Tournament in Burke-Toney Stadium at 6 p.m.
“Brooke put us on her shoulders tonight,” Jefferson County coach Shawn Way said. “I feel like we’ve had some scoring problems the last few weeks and being consistent. We talked about it and we wanted a better first 40 minutes than we did against them last time. We wanted to make a statement early.”
That statement was made barely three minutes into the match when Taylor broke loose from a defender on the East end of the field and sent an unassisted shot into the back of the net.
“My team got me the ball and I got to finish my chances,” Taylor said. “Tonight we put it all out there in the first half.”
The Lady Hurricanes struggled to get chances on Jefferson County’s goal. The Lady Patriots’ defense was tough and kept the ball in the middle of the field, when not pressuring Morristown East on its own goal.
“Their (Jefferson County’s) back four are some of the best defenders I’ve seen play in our league,” Morristown East coach James Kelley said. “They possess the ball as a team and the pass the ball in open space. They defend as a team. Any team that does that is hard to beat.”
Even though Jefferson County scored five goals, Lady ‘Canes goalkeeper Allyson Cagle had a strong night in front of the net, racking up eight saves while facing down 15 shots. Cagle had a strong double save late in the second half.
“The keeper played excellent today,” Kelley said. “She played probably her best game of the season. When we started she was afraid to come off the line, but you saw her today make a save at the top of the box then get back and make a save with her feet.”
Jefferson County’s keeper, McKenna Loges, didn’t have to be as active, but she kept her scoresheet clean with four saves on five shots.
“They had a couple of chances, but nothing that was dangerous,” Way said. “We didn’t want to give Ashton (Bunch) and Liza (Kohler) any time. We had a little more space than they do at Burke-Toney and that worked to our advantage.”
All of Taylor’s goals were consecutive, with the second coming in the 27th minute unassisted. Taylor got an assist from Dharma Fawbush, as she sent a crossing shot into the bag in the 35th minute.
In the second half Casi Woods got the assist on Taylor’s fourth goal in the 53rd minute. Taylor was done then and was able to hit the bench.
“Everybody was contributing and on the same page and working hard,” Way said. “The girls work twice as hard when we lose a ball as when we have it and knock it around. And when you’ve got someone like Brooke who is goal-hungry, you just keep feeding them the ball.”
Fawbush scored the final goal for Jefferson County in the 63rd minute with an assist from Kate Zander.
-By Adam Greene, Tribune Correspondent