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MARTIN (October 11) — The McKenzie High School ladies soccer team defeated Westview 4-3 in thrilling fashion last Thursday night at the Martin Recreational Complex to claim the District 13A …
MARTIN (October 11) — The McKenzie High School ladies soccer team defeated Westview 4-3 in thrilling fashion last Thursday night at the Martin Recreational Complex to claim the District 13A championship.
The hard-fought win was a rematch of a regular season battle that ended in a tie.
McKenzie led 1-0 at the half. Ten minutes into the second period, the teams swapped a pair of goals and McKenzie still led 3-2. Westview scored a goal a few minutes later to tie the game at 3-3.
The last 20 minutes of regulation, two ten-minute extra periods and two five-minute extra periods weren’t enough to decide a champion, so penalty kicks would decide the title.
The first five kicks still didn’t decide a winner as each team connected on three of their five attempts, forcing sudden-death penalty kicks.
The sudden-death penalty kick round started with each team trading goals. After a stop by Lady Rebel goalkeeper Gracie Dillingham on Westview’s second attempt, Lady Rebel Ciria Perez connected on her attempt to claim the title.
Libby Oakley scored two goals and had an assist. Allie Chappell scored a goal. Maggie Aird had an assist. Dillingham had 15 saves.
Lady Rebels named to the All-District Team were Maggie Aird, Allie Chappell, Libby Oakley and Bailey Sawyers.
Named to the All-Tournament Team were Oakey, Julianna Cole, Caleigh Britt, Isabella Colotta and Gracie Dillingham.
Maggie Aird was named the District 13A Offensive Player of the Year.
The ladies earn a bye in Tuesday’s Region 7A Semifinals as District 14A only has one team. The region championship game is Thursday, October 18. McKenzie will either travel to Memphis to face Power Center Academy or host Westview.
The Lady Rebels also automatically qualify for Sectional play on Saturday, October 20, with a berth to the state tournament on the line, an accomplishment the ladies attained last year for the first time in school history. The Region 7A champion will host the Region 8A runner-up, and vice versa.
To reach the district title game, McKenzie defeated Gibson County 4-0 in last Tuesday’s semifinal. Chappell and Aird each had two goals and an assist. Chloe Williams and Isabella Colotta each had an assist. Dillingham had four saves.