By Tyler Spanyer
Madison Southern and Madison Central both advanced to the finals of the 44th District Tournament with easy wins Monday at Madison Central High School.
The Lady Eagles topped Berea, 10-0, while the Lady Indians defeated Model, 9-0.
Central and Southern will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Madison Central in the title game.
Central uses experience, potent offense to advance past Model
On a cold October evening, the Lady Indians (16-2-1) used their experience and explosive offense to defeat Model, 9-0.
Central got two goals from junior Maryssa Stewart, who leads the team with 18 goals this season. Adrain Hall and Chandler Whitaker also had two goals for the Lady Indians. LeeAnne Ogle, Cassidy Lim and Bailey Harden also scored.
“We knew tonight was all about getting prepared, and focused for Thursday night,” Central coach Chris Dunham said.
Model, which had a disappointing season, played well in the first half before becoming fatigued and succumbing to the Lady Indians’ potent offense.
Head Coach Bill Kirk talked after the game about the work his team put in all season.
“We are a lot better now than we were 16 games ago and that’s the important thing,” he said. “We just got tired in the second half and that was the problem tonight.”
Kirk also commented on his three seniors, Miriam Cahill, Haley Corn and Ashlee Thornsberry.
“They put a lot of work in and helped bring a lot of the younger players into the program. What I said to them after the game was that even though their senior year wasn’t what they had hoped for it wasn’t a disappointing season. I just told them thank you for all their hard work.”
Dunham also liked what he saw from his youngsters, who scored six of the team’s nine goals.
“I pulled up some girls from JV and they played well and it helps not only with the team’s confidence but with their confidence level heading into next year,” Dunham said.
With the win the Lady Indians automatically advance to the 11th Region Tournament next week
Madison Southern uses high-powered offense to advance to district finals
Behind an incredible six-goal performance from senior Dakota Gadd, Madison Southern advanced to the district finals with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Berea. McKenzie Bicknell, Annie Ware and Chesney Sipple also scored for the Lady Eagles.
“We were really organized offensively and were able to finish on a lot of our opportunities,” Southern coach Katy Cress said.
She also was very pleased with Gadd’s performance.
“It’s definitely a huge accomplishment, six goals is a lot for one game, and she has worked hard all four years,” Cress said.
Berea played well in the first half, but could not keep Gadd and the other Lady Eagles out of the net.
“We had a bad start and gave up two early goals, but after that we kept them scoreless for almost 29 minutes,” Berea coach Jerry Bingham said. “We only have five players who played last year so I am extremely proud of this team and what they have accomplished.”
For Berea’s five seniors, Sydney Sandefur, Tonya Renzenbrink, Chloe Atwater, Ashley Sizemore and Tyger Williams, it was their last game and Bingham was very grateful.
“Their hard work and dedication was tremendous and they have not only helped themselves but the entire program,” Bingham said.