Penalty Kicks Lift Lady Cats to Region Berth
The Giles County High School girls’ soccer team played some of its most clutch soccer in the final minutes of regulation and again in overtime against Nolensville at Rotary Park Wednesday, twice rallying to finally win the district semifinal match on penalty kicks.
The Lady Bobcats (13-3-2, 4-1-2) were unable to match their regular season offensive effort against Nolensville for much of regulation, falling behind 1-0 at the half and narrowly missing on a number of promising opportunities until a last-second goal by Allie Toone brought the home crowd to their feet. A Tori Drocea free kick set up the play in which Toone rifled home a shot off a rebound to tie the match in the 79th minute and force overtime.
After a scoreless initial overtime period, Nolensville again took the lead thanks to a misplayed ball by GCHS, but a Drocea free kick again led to a goal when Bre Grigsby played the part of a hero, scoring off a deflection to keep the Lady Cats’ season alive.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw, forcing penalty kicks to decide the winner and which team would earn a berth in the district championship and region tournament. Drocea, Toone, Addie Lake and MacKenzie Sherrell each buried their penalty kicks in the back of the net to give their team a 4-2 shootout win.
The Lady Cats advancee to the final for the first time since 2012 when the team won 14 matches and were crowned district regular season and postseason champions. The Lady Cats travel to Page tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. for the District 11-AA Championship match. GCHS fell to Page 4-0 in the teams’ regular season meeting Sept. 18 in Franklin.