The last three weeks have been spent trying to get the Trinity Christian Academy girls’ soccer team ready for this week right here. The postseason started Monday, and two wins on ensuing days are needed to keep the season alive.
The Lady Lions started the right way Monday with a 5-1 victory over Adamsville in the District 15 A-AA semifinals at TCA.
TCA (10-1-2) advances to the district semifinals Tuesday at 4 p.m. against Madison. The Lady Lions must win to earn a berth into next week’s region semifinals.
TCA was under a new, well-known coach in James Scott, who led the Lady Lions to their last Class A-AA sectional appearance, while normal head coach Michael Lee was out of town.
“We played well, and everyone contributed,” Scott said. “They have been working hard the last couple of weeks to be ready for this.”
The players didn’t play any different under the guidance of Scott.
The first half went exactly how TCA wanted it to go, as the Lady Lions scored five goals and did not allow a shot on goal.
TCA junior Brynne Lytle scored three of the five in the first half with the first coming in the eighth minute as she broke away from the defense to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
“We have been training hard for the past three weeks and trying to get everyone healthy,” Lytle said. “We wanted to come out as strong as we could in the district tournament.”
The second goal came in the 22nd minute with the third coming in the 29th minute.
Scott is currently the middle school girls’ soccer coach at TCA, and his middle school players helped make a difference in the first half. Two eighth-graders scored the third and fourth goals in the match.
Ella Stone scored in the 24th minute, while Anderson French scored in the 26th minute.
“Those two are going to remember this match more than the middle school season,” Scott chuckled. “Tomorrow is going to be a rough one. Every game from here on out is going to be a rough one with the teams left. We have to bring the intensity.”
The Lady Lions will need everyone to contribute Tuesday to beat Madison for a second time this season.
“Our offense played well tonight,” Lytle said. “We found their weakness, which was the through ball, and we took advantage of it. We are going to have to find the weakness tomorrow also.”
Adamsville’s Demie Milford scored the lone goal in the second half.
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