HENDERSONVILLE - For the 24th year in-a-row, Hendersonville will play for the district championship.
The Lady Commandos advanced to the title game following an 8-0 win over city-rival Beech High School Tuesday night at Drakes Creek Park in the semifinal round of the District 10-AAA Tournament.
Of the 24 district championship appearances, Russ Plummer’s team has won 19, including last season.
“We work really hard in the preseason and continue to test ourselves with a hard out of district schedule to challenge us both physically and mentally,” Plummer said. “It is not by chance that these results happen. We stay hungry, stay humble, and do not take anything for granted. Those things are ingrained in our culture. Everyone at Hendersonville knows this is our favorite time of the year.”
Allie Hines scored the only goal of the first half on a Kendall Giles assist with three minutes remaining the first half.
The Lady Commandos started the second half strong, scoring two goals in the first eight minutes, including one from Hines and a penalty kick from Liza Sircy.
“I never thought we panicked and thought we did a good job of keeping our composure,” Plummer said of the fast start to the second half. “Obviously things started to snowball towards the end but the girls did a good job and stuck with what we wanted to do.”
Delaney Niemiec and Anna Gailbraith put the Lady Commandos up 5-0, then senior Jaclyn Jarrett took over in the final 10 minutes, scoring a hat trick for her team.
“Different players step up at different times and that is what being a team is all about,” Plummer said. “We stress that and I think if you looked at our stats you would see we are a pretty well balanced team.”
The win means Hendersonville will play Gallatin Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Drakes Creek Park for the District 10-AAA Championship.
“It’s going to be tough,” Plummer said. “Everyone knows everyone, so you know it will be a hard game. It’s tournament time and that is what you expect.”