CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Tuesday’s Region 5-AAA soccer tournament semifinal between Clarksville High and Station Camp High School lived up to the hype.
The defending Class 3A state champion Lady Wildcats had their hands full with the Lady Bison’s strong defense. Clarksville managed to score one goal in the first half and one in the second while holding their opponent scoreless, as CHS advanced to Wednesday’s region championship game with a 2-0 victory Tuesday at Hilda J. Richardson Field.
The Lady Wildcats looked to be in great form with an offense that was moving the ball well and controlling the action for most of the game. Salera Jordan scored both Lady Wildcat goals. Her first came in the 31st minute of the first half to give Clarksville High a 1-0 advantage. Ten minutes later, she struck again.
“This was an elimination game, so that always mean a lot,” Clarksville coach Jeff Jordan said. “But we’ve earned two more games. That’s the main thing we get from (Tuesday’s) win, and of course, we get to play for the regional championship.”
Tuesday’s other regional semifinal game saw Hendersonville drop Henry County 5-3. If Henry County had won, the Lady Wildcats would have played host to the Lady Patriots. Instead Clarksville must travel to face Hendersonville Wednesday for the regional title game.
Both Hendersonville and Clarksville High have already assured a sectional game Saturday by advancing to the region championship. If Clarksville wins the region title, it’ll host its sectional Saturday. If it loses Wednesday, it will travel Saturday.
Station Camp mounted a strong defense against the Lady Wildcats, forcing them to work hard for those two goals. Unfortunately for coach Jordan, he wasn’t given a chance to rest any of his top players in preparation for Wednesday’s big game.
“Hendersonville is a good team,” Jordan said. “We were able to beat them 3-0 in an earlier matchup this season. We’re better than we played tonight. Station Camp made it hard on us this game, they were loaded up in the back. It took a lot of intricate passing to try to get through them.”