FARRAGUT 5, SODDY-DAISY 0
Halftime score: 1-0. Goals: Chelsea Jordan 2, Joanda Parchman 2, K.C. Ward, Katie Cloud. Assists: Parchman 2, Jordan, Ward, Jordan Fierley. Shots: Farragut, 25-4. Saves: Katy Hill 2 (F); Baylee Burk 10 (SD). Other standouts: Katy Becker, Katie Beuerlein (F); Summer Lanter, Kelsey Henry (SD). Records: Farragut 23-0-1; Soddy-Daisy 18-3-3.
His team had been out-shot 12-0 and had enjoyed only two possessions inside the scoring zone, yet Soddy-Daisy girls' soccer coach Moises Drummond was optimistic trailing only 1-0 at the half of his team's Class AAA quarterfinal against top-ranked Farragut.
The inevitable storm, however, then rained down on the Lady Trojans, with the Lady Admirals (23-0-1) scoring twice in 30 seconds early in the second half on the way to a 5-0 win.
"I was glad it was only 1-0, but what you fear will happen against them did and they got (goals) two and three just like that," Drummond said. "If we could have just established any offense in the first half it might have been different. My girls worked hard, but they just have so much overall team speed and several girls who can shoot it."
One of those, Chelsea Jordan, scored the game's only first-half goal on a crossing pass from Joanda Parchman 11 minutes in. The rest of the half was spent almost entirely on the Soddy-Daisy side, but spirited defensive play, including a handful of nice saves from sophomore keeper Baylee Burk, kept it 1-0.
Jordan and Parchman, though, scored back-to-back goals with 29 minutes left in the match to end any upset hopes. The Lady Admiral defense made sure Soddy-Daisy senior star Summer Lanter, who had scored her 100th career goal in the sectionals, never was able to put together any of her trademark runs. Lanter, in fact, never got a shot on goal.
"We didn't do anything special on her," insisted Farragut coach Dennis Lindsay. "We played our normal defense, but we have a lot of girls that can run, so we just did what we usually do. Offensively, once we stopped trying to cross the entire field with passes we settled down and got our chances."
Lanter and the Lady Trojans end their season at 18-3-3 after making the final eight three consecutive seasons.
"We made a good run, but there's a reason they're undefeated," Drummond said of the winners, who will play Brentwood in tonight's second semifinal. "Great teams find a way to keep their foot on the gas and put you away and they did that tonight in the second half."
Today's other Class AAA semifinal pits Houston, an overtime winner over Knoxville Catholic, against Siegel.
Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...