Lady Eagles win in Overtime over Lady Jets to advance historic season
The Lady Eagles High School team hosted Cumberland County last night with much momentum. Coming off a 8-0 win over the Lady Indians of Sequatchie County, the team looked to improve on a 7-1 run – and they did just that.
The Eagles started to control 70% of the possession in Cumberland’s back 3rd. The Eagles found the net after a foul on Cumberland in the 20th minute. Alexis Ayala took a free kick and a missed handle ball by Cumberland’s goalie allowed Allison Sekura to out jump her for a header to the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Starting of the second half at the 43rd minute Cumberland had one sneak through the Eagles defense that caused goalie Faith Rivera to leave her line as Cumberland was able to slip it underneath Faith before she was able to slide to trap the ball.
Throughout the entire second half the Eagles battled. Their efforts came close has Hailey Shelby took a shot from 40 yards out that hit the post and bounced out.
Due to it being a conference game there had to be a winner so Cumberland County took the Eagles into a golden goal overtime, which is first one to score in two ten minute halves.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half of overtime. In second half of overtime the Lady Eagles had many opportunities, but it wasn’t unit the end with 4 minutes left when Captain Hailey Shelby had a free kick from about 40 yards out and was able to shot it to the far upper 90 post as it dipped under the crossbar for a Lady Eagle victory to claim a new school record by the most wins in a single season.
“We were ecstatic when Hailey hit that shot. The whole team and coaching staff went crazy,” said coach Justin Smith. “Hailey rose to the occasion.”
“There was so much on the line-district placement, school record, not to mention it was a golden goal.”
Smith says he can’t be prouder of the girls who have worked so hard and accomplished so much.
“I’m so proud of the girls and the effort they put forth. A lot of these girls have been working for 3-4 years to earn the school record, and they have finally been rewarded.”
Coach Smith and the Lady Eagles head to Warren County next to battle the Lady Pioneers this Thursday at 7pm EST.