The Lady Red Hawks made a list of goals before the season started. On Saturday night, they made the goal of qualifying for the TSSAA State Tournament come true by defeating Soddy Daisy 10-1 in a Class AAA Sectional game. The dominant performance was a surprise considering the quality of the opponent, but Stewarts Creek played with speed and determination and would not be denied the opportunity to be the first Girls Soccer team in school history to make the State tournament.
Creek scored in game’s 4th minute to take the early 1-0 lead when Kaitlin Jones connected from outside the penalty area on the right side of the field and sailed the perfect ball over the Soddy Daisy keeper’s outstretched hands. In the 7th minute Andrea Nieto scored the 2nd goal for the Lady Red Hawks on a put back goal from a saved Delaney Mitchell attempt on goal. In the 21st minute Delaney Mitchell made it 3-0 Creek when she finished a shot to the left upper corner of goal after received a pass from Dakota Mitchell. Still in the 21st minute Annie Warner scored with a header from a Delaney Mitchell cross from the left side and a 4-0 Lady Red Hawks advantage. In the 34th minute Stewarts Creek made it 5-0 on Delaney Mitchell’s goal coming from a Dakota Mitchell cross into the center of the penalty area.
Starting the 2nd half up 5 goals and only 40 minutes away from a trip to State, the Lady Red Hawks kept their composure and put the game out of reach early. In the 43rd minute Delaney Mitchell scored her 3rd goal of the game from just in front of goal after Annie Warner dribbled deep into the Soddy Daisy end before laying off a pass after the keeper committed to her making it 6-0 Creek. In the 46th minute Olivia Marlow scored from the top of the penalty area after a missed Soddy Daisy clearance of an Annie Warner attack moving the Creek lead to 7-0. In the 49th minute Dakota Mitchell took an Olivia Marlow pass up the right side and beat the defense for the 8-0 lead.
Soddy Daisy scored their lone goal in the 57th minute on a breakaway behind the Creek defense before Stewarts Creek ended the game with 2 more Delaney Mitchell goals in the 68th and 70th minutes. The 68th minute goal came on a put back from a saved shot by the Soddy Daisy keeper and the 70th minute goal that ended the game by TSSAA Mercy Rule was from a cross by Dakota Mitchell that Delaney headed into the corner of goal.
With the win, Stewarts Creek moves to 19-2-1 on the season and, more importantly, earned the right to play in the TSSAA State Tournament at Siegel Park in Murfreesboro. Their 1st opponent will be Collierville HS on Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm on field 2.