Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Stewarts Creek High School
Siegel High School
The Stewarts Creek Lady Red Hawks played in the District 7AAA Semifinal Tuesday night against the Siegel Lady Stars at Richard Siegel Park in Murfreesboro, losing a hard fought game 1-0 and seeing their 2017 season come to a close. The low scoring game was well played by both teams, with each side having opportunities to attack the opposition’s defense.
Siegel had a definite advantage throughout the first 20 minutes of the game, as they continually pressed the Stewarts Creek defense, having a few good looks at goal from around the top of the penalty area. Hallie Cherry made 6 saves in the first half to keep it scoreless as the Lady Red Hawks worked to match the level of play displayed by the Lady Stars. The next 20 minutes of the 1st half saw the momentum shift to the Lady Red Hawks as they started getting their own opportunities to score. Katie Nyland put 2 very good shots on frame, including one that Siegel goalkeeper Hayli Meeks had to punch away from the upper left corner of the goal. Delaney Mitchell also hit a strong shot that the Siegel goalkeeper made a quick reaction save to prevent from scoring.
In the 2nd half Stewarts Creek continued to have the better play and scoring opportunities with a 8-3 advantage in shots, but Siegel’s only shot on frame went in when they converted a gift of a free kick from a phantom foul near midfield as Emily Sanchez put a loose ball into the goal from behind the defense in the 62nd minute. Stewarts Creek had several chances late to even the score, but shots either went just wide or over the crossbar and Siegel’s goalie made some strong and aggressive plays on balls to prevent scoring opportunities at close range for SCHS.
As the season ends, Stewarts Creek finishes with a 12-6-1 record, their best in the schools’s 5 year history, but fall short of the Region tournament which they reached in each of the 2 past seasons. This year’s Senior class finishes with the most wins in Stewarts Creek history, with 42 in their 4 year run. The team also won their first tournament as a program, with the championship at the Smoky Mountain Cup. Great accomplishments even if some the goals we set for this season were left unfulfilled.