HENDERSONVILLE Much like their meeting eight days earlier, Station Camp and Hendersonville’s soccer teams went the distance on Wednesday evening, this time deciding a district tournament championship.
After 110 minutes of play proved insufficient to determine a winner, penalty kicks once again settled matters between the district’s top two teams, and paved the rest of their postseason route in the process after the Lady Commandos’ 2-1 victory.
With Hendersonville’s victory, the Lady Commandos (15-2-2) collected their sixth consecutive district tournament championship and earned a home match against Rossview in Tuesday’s Region 5-AAA Tournament semifinals.
Junior Haley Stevens – who netted the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout after two hours and 49 minutes – hasn’t seen anything less than a district title.
“Every team that I’ve been on, we’ve all been very close,” Stevens said. “But there’s something different about this team. We’re always on the same page and always there for each other and just … family.”
The Lady Commandos defeated Station Camp (18-3) in a similar fashion to their 3-2 victory eight days earlier.
In that match, Megan Brinkley put a halt to the Lady Commandos’ celebration by scoring the tying goal with 17 seconds left. On Wednesday, Brinkley once again helped force Hendersonville to play extra time, setting up Michaela Nicholson’s game-tying goal with 1:14 left.
“They’re a really good team, so I knew that it was going to be a really good game,” Stevens said.
Senior Makensie Cotter stopped three out of four Station Camp shots in the shootout.
“Last time, I was super freaked out and I kind of had a panic attack,” Cotter said. “But this time, I was totally relaxed and I knew that we could do it.”
Hendersonville has advanced to the region final in each of the past five seasons, though the Lady Commandos haven’t won it since 2011.
A victory on Tuesday means Cotter will get one more crack at reversing the trend of Clarksville’s four consecutive region victories.
“This could have possibly been my last home game,” Cotter said. “I’m so grateful that it wasn’t.”
Station Camp will repeat its path from last season, visiting 10-AAA champion Clarksville on Tuesday. The Lady Bison suffered a 2-0 loss at Clarksville in last year’s semifinals.
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