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Lady Cyclones top Cougars, qualify for regionals

Allen LaMountain • Oct 10, 2018 at 1:06 AM

ELIZABETHTON — After a two-year absence from the regional tournament, the Elizabethton girls soccer squad put an end to that short streak by defeating Sullivan Central 3-1 in Tuesday night’s District 1-AA tournament match at Citizens Bank Stadium.

The Lady Cyclones (12-4) got a pair of goals from junior Cami Davison and one from senior Abbey Townsend in the gritty win.

Central (7-10) reached this stage with a 9-0 whitewashing of Unicoi County in the play-in game on Monday but didn’t have the horses to pull off a road win and was eliminated.

“The thing that got us down was we just could not get a goal in the first half,” Lady Cougars coach Emily Robinette said. “We just didn’t get good shots in the first half. We had more offensive drive out of us at times in the second half.

“The goal that was called offside really hurt us because it would have made for a one-goal game at the time.”

The play Robinette referenced came in the second half with Elizabethton up by two goals. Sophomore Rylie Patrick’s apparent goal was called offside, and Townsend added her goal just three minutes later to stake the Cyclones to a 3-nil advantage.

Central got a Patrick goal off a scrum in front of the Elizabethton goal in the 60th minute.

Davison scored in the ninth minute of the first half after a shot from senior Cassidy Kaldy hit the crossbar and bounced into the penalty area. Lexi Brown found Davison’s foot and she did the rest.

Davison scored again shortly thereafter when she put in a shot off a corner kick from Townsend, giving the Lady Cyclones a two-goal lead at the half.

“I thought we played pretty well tonight,” Elizabethton coach Bill McClay said. “Abby Addington was spot on and we had chances to play the ball to a dangerous position, but it didn’t happen as often as we have shown. Regardless, we are playing somewhere on Tuesday.”

Townsend’s goal came in the 52nd minute. She drilled a free kick past goalkeeper Jaelyn West from 23 yards out.

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