GALLATIN — Hendersonville and Station Camp will square off for a second time this season on Thursday night when the two teams meet on the pitch to battle for the District 9-AAA Tournament Championship.

The two teams battled to a 1-1 draw in their lone regular season meeting.

As for how they got there, Station Camp defeated Beech 8-0 in the opening semifinal game at Gallatin High School, thanks to a pair of hat tricks from Emrie Springs and Ayden Wood. Beech knocked in two own goals to round out the Station Camp scoring.

Beech came out as the aggressor in the first half, beating Station Camp to every 50-50 ball, and even garnered two excellent chances in the first half, but they both sailed wide of the net.

Station Camp clung to a 1-0 lead following a Springs goal with just under two minutes to play in the first half giving Beech head coach John Ferguson and his team confidence as they headed into the 10 minute recess.

However, the second half started out bad for the Lady Bucs and only got worse the final 40 minutes as the Station Camp 1-0 lead ballooned to 4-0 just 10 minutes into the second half.

Freshman Ayden Wood knocked home three consecutive goals to tally her hat trick before an own goal finished off the scoring and the 8-0 win for Station Camp.

“Tale of two halves for sure,” Station Camp head coach Jeremy Cooke said. “Proud of the girls for coming out in the second half and fighting the way they did.”

Coming off a 9-0 win over Beech in the final week of the regular season, Cooke knew Beech would come out with intensity to start the match.

“They were a completely different team than the one we saw last week,” Cooke said of Beech. “We were not expecting that intensity and in the first half we did not match it, but we settled in, and started playing our game in the second half.”

Hendersonville 4, Gallatin 0

In the nightcap, Hendersonville took down host Gallatin 4-0 after defeating the Lady Wave 6-1 last Thursday in the regular season finale.

Liza Sircy led all scorers with two goals, while Graceann Lassiter tallied her only goal in the first half, and Anna Galbraith rounded out the scoring in the second half for the 4-0 win.

“Coach Greg Harper always does a good job, so we knew they would come out better than maybe they showed last week. It’s the district semifinals, nothing is easy, so it wasn’t too tough to relay that message to the girls,” Hendersonville head coach Devin Woodard said.

As for the play on the field, Hendersonville dominated from the open — scoring their first goal on a Liza Sircy header only one minute into the game.

Lassiter pushed the lead to 2-0 less than one minute later, and Sircy gave the Lady Commandos a convincing 3-0 lead with 24 minutes left in the half.

The dominant play allowed Woodard to rest most of her starters and give the reserves quality time on the pitch.

“It’s great for team morale, great for the girls who don’t get a ton of minutes; it’s great to get the girls some rest, it’s great for next season, overall it’s always a great benefit to play as many girls as possible,” Woodard said.

Hendersonville has played for the district championship every season since 1995 — the Lady Commandos are a tradition-rich program, and Woodard, an alumnus, says the girls can never take winning for granted.

“We tell the girls that every day, they can’t take this stuff for granted,” she said. “The girls are delighted to be back in this position.”