BEREA -- Madison Southern snapped a seven-game skid while also securing a spot in the 44th District Tournament championship game.

After a scoreless first half, the Lady Eagles buckled down and took a 3-0 win Tuesday at home over Berea Community.

The Lady Pirates end their season with a 3-14 record.

The Lady Eagles got a quick shot in the first few minutes of the first half on Tuesday, but Berea keeper Emily Maynard made a brilliant save to keep Southern off the board.

Maynard stayed busy the rest of the half, until the Lady Pirates got control of the ball and worked their way down to Southern's goal.

Madison Cummins took a shot, which was swallowed up by Southern goalie Ashtyn King.

The teams continued to battle for the rest of the half, but at halftime, it was still a scoreless draw.

Determined to score, senior Katilyn Stanton ended the draw just minutes into the second half after battling a physical defense.

Stanton was a bit bruised after taking a ball to the face earlier in the game and then a cleat to the jaw when she and a Lady Pirate defender got tangled up and fell battling for a loose ball.

Still, the senior didn't shy away from taking her shot when she saw the opportunity.

"I took a beating," Stanton said with a laugh after the game. "It was worth it. I would take it again if it meant we would win."

However, Stanton wasn't even sure if her goal would count.

Her shot from beyond the top of the box skimmed the top crossbar and fell into the back of the net.

"I knew it went in," Stanton said. "I was just hoping the referee would second that. I was waiting for him to make it official before I started celebrating."

He did and the Lady Eagles caught fire after taking a 1-0 lead.

"I knew as soon as we got (a goal), it would all fall into place for us," Southern coach Katy Cress said.

Less than a minute later Southern made it 2-0 when Mallory Robinson sent a cross to Jennan Lahamer in front of the goal.

Lahamer sped up and sent the ball flying past Berea's keeper.

It was the sophomore's first goal of the season.

"I was just in the right place at the right time… I ran up in there and I really wanted it. I told myself before the game that I really wanted to score and I was saying it to myself all day. I was so glad it happened," Lahamer explained.

Senior Heidi Hylton expanded the lead to 3-0 with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

She maneuvered past three defenders to send a corner kick from Stanton into the back of the net.

"My plan was to make a straight run toward the keeper, but our coach wanted me to take the wide run. I was tracking it in and there were three defenders and I saw it go past them and I was just there, waiting," Hylton explained.

Cress said she was glad her team stepped up their game and was able to finish at the right times on Tuesday.

"It was about time," Cress said with a laugh. "It feels good to win. Even though our record doesn't show it, we haven't been playing terribly, we just couldn't really find the back of the net. Tonight, we did and hopefully that has their confidence back and we can take that into Thursday's game."

The Lady Eagles will move forward to the 44th District championship game on Thursday in Berea where they will face the winner of the Model Laboratory and Madison Central game.

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