Moultry's offense, Lady Stars' defense lead team back to state

Moultry's offense, Lady Stars' defense lead team back to state

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Moultry's offense, Lady Stars' defense lead team back to state

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Cheyenne Moultry combined with a dominating defense equaled a TSSAA Class AA girls soccer state tournament berth Saturday night at Siegel High.

Siegel defeated Warren County 3-0 in its Class AAA sectional to advance to the state tournament for the second straight season.

Moultry, Siegel’s junior forward, scored the first two goals for the Lady Stars, who improved to 14-3-3.

The first goal came after a long pass from Siegel goalkeeper Dale Steinagle to Moultry at the midfield. Moultry dribbled past two Warren County defenders and kicked it perfectly into the goal for a 1-0 lead with 17:19 left in the first half.

The second goal came in the second half, after an assist from Cori Steinagle, Moultry drilled a shot into the goal in the 64th minute.

“She was definitely a beast tonight,” said coach Eric Shelton. “There was no stopping her. When she had the ball at her feet, two or three defenders around her, she was determined to make a difference in the game.

“I was hoping she’d get the hat trick, because she definitely played well enough to get it, but two is definitely going to help us on the way. Tonight, this is by far one of her best performances.”

Darby Phillips scored from an assist from Emma Adcock, giving Siegel a 3-0 lead with 12 minutes left.

Moultry has been the go-to player for Siegel throughout the playoffs. She’s scored six goals in the postseason, 14 for the year.

“I’m trying to score and win games for the team,” said Moultry. “We want to make it to the state. We’ve got one goal.”

The Lady Stars had shutout victories in the district tournament and in the Region 4-AAA championship game. Only Columbia scored on Siegel in the postseason, in the first round of the region tournament.

Any time an opposing player gets it on Siegel’s side of the field, wave after wave of players attacks the ball and keeps it away from the goal.

“Warren County had two forwards we were concerned with, and we matched them with speed,” said Shelton. “We also played good basic defense. We always cover one another’s back, so if someone gets beat, they have a good safety net behind them.

“They’ve been doing that all year. We’ve got to keep doing that in the postseason.”

The Lady Stars will travel to Chattanooga next week for the state tournament.

“We’ve been there several times,” said Shelton. “One thing I’ve learned is that any team there can go the distance.”

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