GALLATIN - For the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, the Hendersonville Lady Commando soccer team has captured the district title.
The winds blew and rain settled in just before kickoff, setting the tone for a chilly District 10-AAA championship game between long time county rivals Gallatin and Hendersonville.
As expected, the championship game was a hard-fought competitive battle, but the Lady Commandos controlled the pace of play in their 1-0 victory.
Gallatin’s counter-attack approach yielded several quality chances but could never find the back of the net.
“We didn’t play with the aggressiveness and physicality that I wanted,” Gallatin head coach Greg Harper said. “We did catch them on the counters, which is our game, we were just unlucky. We were under pressure all night, and they finally broke through. The good thing is we both move on, and hopefully we get another shot at them next Thursday.”
Hendersonville broke a scoreless tie in the 65th minute when Hannah Grace Brown snuck a pass through the middle of the pitch finding the foot of Anabelle Procter. Procter settled, spun and blasted one by the District 10-AAA keeper of the year, Emma Donley.
“We worked hard all night to score; it is amazing to get the game winner,” Procter said.
Donley stonewalled the Lady Commandos first eight shots, mostly from the outside. Hendersonville’s midfield controlled the game, allowing Hendersonville to play in Green Wave territory for most of the contest.
The win gave first year head coach Devin Woodard her first district title.
“It feels good to win,” she said. “The girls did a great job and deserve all the credit.
“We had a difficult time getting the ball in the back of the net, but we felt it would come if we stayed with the plan and it did. The girls did exactly what we wanted and I’m proud of them. They make it easy,” Woodard added.
Gallatin (9-5-1) will travel to Mt. Juliet (13-3-1) while Hendersonville (8-6-1) will host Lebanon (7-6-1). Both games will be Tuesday, October 20.
10-AAA Award winners
Hailey Burroughs, Beech; Brianna Fitts, Gallatin
Bailey Rynor, Hendersonville; Cassidy Huoy, Station Camp
Goalkeeper of the Year
Emma Donley, Gallatin
Kendall Giles, Hendersonville
10AAA Coach of the Year
Devin Woodard, Hendersonville
Lifetime Achievement Award
McGavock - Molly Goodwin
Hunters Lane - Adrianna Lloyd
Station Camp - Riley Lombardi, Emrie Springs, Cassidy Huoy
Beech - Kess Tackett, Abbey Harris, Kierra Berry, Hailey Burroughs
Gallatin - Elizabeth Ring, Kyla Donley, Holly Lee, Sierra Lee, Brianna Fitts, Emma Donley
Hendersonville - Bailey Rynor, Kendall Giles, Katie Bahn, Ameryn Hudgens, Reagan Tate, Liza Sircy, Taylor Bertotti