The Daniel Boone Trailblazers girls’ soccer team was able to overcome a handful of missed big plays and won the District 1-AAA play-in game on Monday night at Hale Stadium against rival David Crockett, 4-1.
The Lady ‘Blazers got two goals from Madeline Runnels that put them up 2-0 early on.
However, Crockett fought back late in the first when Londyn Horton’s free kick deflected off of a Boone defender and into the goal. The deficit was cut in half with things looking like they were starting to turn in favor of the Lady Pioneers.
The Lady ‘Blazers were able to turn defense into offense late in the game with a goal from Jessica Upham and one more from Raygan Sain.
Sain’s goal came off of beautiful cross from Runnels from the right side of the field that looked like it might curl in. The ball bounced off of the underside of the crossbar and dropped directly in front of Sain and that was the exclamation point.
“Our first half was one of missed opportunities,” Boone head coach Steve Sessis said. “Last time we played at Crockett, it was like that. The last 20 minutes or so, we wore them down and were able to keep the ball on their side of the field.
“The girls stepped up when they needed to tonight and a special hat tip to Gracie Carroll. She was a dynamo on the right mid position. She really kept the ball on their side of the field most of the game. it was a good team effort.”
“We’ve gotten a lot better as the season has gone on,” Crockett head coach Chris Kudera said. “I’m proud of the seniors we have on the team, especially Toni (Schroeck). She’s been the leader on this team and has been keeping the girls morale high when we have to play D-B, Science Hill and Tennessee High all in-a-row. She’s done a great job of that all season. They all played their hearts out tonight.”
Crockett ends the season at 5-10-1 while Boone will move on to face Science Hill on Tuesday at Tipton Stadium at 5 p.m.