Blackman gave up just three goals in District 7-AAA play during the high school girls soccer regular season.
The Lady Blaze defense will attempt to continue that trend beginning today in the district tournament.
“I’m pretty happy with that,” Blackman coach Bill Vice said. “They all played well and meshed together.”
Goalkeeper Robin Bolme had nine shutouts during the regular season. That includes a 2-0 win over La Vergne on Sept. 27. The Lady Blaze (11-3-2) play the Lady Wolverines (4-8-2) at 6 p.m. today at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in the District 7-AAA tournament quarterfinals.
Riverdale (3-8-0) plays at Smyrna (9-5-2) at 4:30 p.m. in the quarterfinal. The Riverdale-Smyrna winner plays Siegel (9-3-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in the 7-AAA semifinals. The La Vergne-Blackman winner plays Oakland (8-5-3) afterward at 8 p.m.
Blackman, the third seed of the tournament, beat second-seed Oakland last week in the second of three games the Lady Blaze played in a four-day span.
However, Smyrna beat Blackman two days later to force the Lady Blaze to settle for third.
“Sometimes I (schedule) like that to test their mettle and see what they are made of,” Vice said. “If we are able to get to the finals, that would be three games in four days.”
Central Magnet (9-4) advanced to the District 8-A/AA semifinals after Jackson County chose to forfeit its quarterfinal match with the Lady Tigers.
Central Magnet, which is the second seed of the 8-A/AA tournament, hosts the Cannon County-York Institute winner at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Central’s lone district loss came to regular-season champion Smith County. In fact, that is the Lady Tigers’ lone loss to a non-Class AAA team, Central Magnet coach Michael Ruess said.
“We’ve progressed a lot (from a year ago), but we are still really young,” Ruess said. “We’re still learning, but we’ve progressed quite a bit.”
Central Magnet, which is in its second varsity season, has three seniors on its roster. However, senior Madison Tracy is currently injured. Lauren and Lindsay Keller are the other seniors.
MTCS (6-4-4) plays District 11-A/AA regular-season champion Page at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Summit High in the district tournament semifinals. The Lady Cougars shut out Forrest 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
“(Page is) still good,” MTCS coach Lawrence Goodwyn said. “They finished undefeated in our district. I think the gap is closing a little.
“We played them early in the year without a couple of our key players. We are looking to play them a good match.”