Lady Bulldogs tie visiting Lady Feet
The Lady Dawgs looked to break a four-game losing streak Tuesday night, welcoming the Webb School Feet (1-9-3) to town on the heels of a tough 1-0 loss to inter county rival Forrest on Thursday.
Despite going up 3-1 with just over 10 minutes left in the contest, the Feet stormed back to tie the game at 3-3 and Cornersville limped into the playoffs winless in six of its last seven contests.
"The game plan tonight was to get back to playing our game," CHS coach Lindsey Bledsoe said. "We've suffered some tough losses so the game plan was to come back to what we learned over the summer, what we practiced."
Cornersville (6-8-1) looked sharp on both sides of the ball during the first half by surrendering just one goal to the one-win Feet and tying the score on an early Moira Borne goal to head into halftime with a 1-1 tie.
"I had an open lane so I took it and swerved the ball around and got it right passed the goalie and it went in," the sophomore noted.
The Bulldogs went hard offensively at the Feet in the second half and the offensive prowess paid off when junior center midfielder Victoria Gross nailed a shot to the right of the goalkeeper for the 2-1 lead.
"When our wings take the ball up my job is to pull back into the center and if I have the shot, if it's wide open, I take the shot, no pressure," Gross explained. "But my main job is a distributor, so if I don't have the shot I pass the ball off and give it to someone who does have a shot, like one of the wings."
The Bulldogs continued to attack the Feet's defense and minutes after the Gross goal, sharp shooting freshman Sydney Downs nailed another shot past the Feet goalie and the home team looked ready to run away with the game at 3-1.
Webb refused to let up and scored two goals within five minutes of each other to tie the game at three and almost pulled a miraculous upset before goalie Mikaela King made a diving save on a penalty shot with less than two minutes left to preserve the tie ballgame.
"I think defensively we went to sleep," Bledsoe said. "I think that we pressed so hard offensively that our defense just stood in the back and kind of lost sight of what was going on around them. I think they just went to sleep and got some cheap shots scored on them."
The Lady Dawgs played an eight player Culleoka squad on Thursday with the winner facing either Columbia Academy or Montgomery Central in the next round. Cornersville lost both games to the region powers by a combined 18-0 score.