Lady Bulldogs ready for postseason
The Lady Bulldogs (8-7-1, 5-4) traveled to Williamson County to take on top dog of District 11 A/AA Fairview (14-1-2, 10-0) for the regular season finale for both squads.
Despite the record and prestige of the Yellow Jackets, the vastly improved Lady Bulldogs hung around for the entire game before losing 6-0 in a game in which the score was not indicative of the closeness between the teams.
"I don't feel we played our best game but I don't feel we played our worst game either," coach Lindsey Browning said. "We gave up three cheap goals. I would have felt accomplished if the score was 3-0. Historically this team has beat us badly every time we come here. I have to look at where we've been and where we are now. I fully expect us to be able to compete with this team next year."
The Bulldogs were 0-3 against Fairview the past three years, getting outscored 27-0 in those games.
Goalkeeper Mikaela King held off the early barrage of Yellow Jacket shot attempts despite the home team controlling most of the possessions in the first half. King settled down after giving up two early goals before Fairview added two more goals right before the half for a 4-0 lead heading into the break.
"We started off with a different formation and it kind of threw us off a little bit, we weren't used to playing like that," senior Anna Claire Foster said. "We just got outplayed, they're just really strong up front."
Cornersville came out in the second half replenished, putting together great passes to give the offense a few shots at the Fairview goalkeeper.
"Our passing was better tonight but we just didn't communicate very well," freshman Moira Borne thought. "I think there was some intimidation for some of us but I think a lot of us were prepared for the game."
King continued her inspiring performance well into the second half denying the powerful Yellow Jacket offense goal after goal before Fairview was finally able to break through the tough Cornersville defense for two more late goals to finish off the Lady Bulldogs.
"We didn't communicate out there tonight and our passes weren't too accurate," first year sophomore Taylor Powers said. "But we never gave up and we played as a team."
Time to learn
Browning feels the much improved but young and inexperienced Lady Bulldogs can learn something from the Yellow Jackets, a team that played in the sectional game last season and made the journey all the way to the state tournament the prior season.
"I love to play teams that have this kind of skill because we can go back and look at the things that those girls were doing and try to imitate that," coach Browning said. "I think what beat us tonight was just ball handling skills and that all goes back to having girls that don't have a lot of soccer experience."
Despite playing this season with just three seniors and one junior, the Lady Dawgs have turned in the most successful season in recent memory with eight wins, including a six game win streak by a program that won just one game last season and four total wins the previous three seasons combined.
The Lady Bulldogs will open up District 11 A/AA Tournament against a Culleoka team the Lady Bulldogs beat 2-0 less than two weeks prior.
The date and time of that game is TBA.