HENDERSONVILLE - The Hendersonville Lady Commandos saw their season come to an end Saturday night at Drakes Creek Park, falling to Ravenwood 1-0 in 80 minutes of play.
The Lady Raptors capitalized in the first half for the game’s only goal.
The loss ends Hendersonville’s season at 14-5-2.
“I’m very proud of the girls and I thought they did everything asked of them,” Hendersonville head coach Russ Plummer said. “They fought until the ned and made great adjustments at the half to give us an opportunity. We didn’t back down, and sometimes, unfortunately, some things didn’t work in our favor.”
The Lady Commandos routinely found themselves in the final third to try and score a goal, but whether it was the Ravenwood defense or a miss-truck ball, Hendersonville never could find the back of the net.
The loss means that Hendersonville will say goodbye to 10 seniors: Teagan Frank, Kylie Hargis, Allie Hines, Megan Howard, Jacklyn Jarrett, Jenna Palermo, Georgia Perry, Elizabeth Thomas, Tyleigh Tomassetti, and Ashley Whobrey.
“This senior class was tasked with dealing with more than most were,” Plummer said. “From day one they did everything could to be successful. They did a great job of getting us to where we are.
“I think one of the things we try and do a good job of leading by example,” Plummer added. “You can say whatever you want but if you don’t lead by example you lose your validity. They did a great job of that.”
During postseason play, the Lady Commandos tallied 25 goals, surrendered just two, and notched three clean sheets.
“I told them I don’t know of any team that has played that much and given up only two goals in our history,” he said. “One thing we tried to do this year was earn respect and I think we did that over the course of the year.”
Hendersonville started the 2019 season slow, entering the Rivals Tournament mid-way through September with a 3-4-1 record.
It was the Rivals Tournament that saw the Lady Commandos turn the corner and explode into the second half of the season and finish with an 11-1-1 mark.
“I think as a team the moment that made our season was the Rivals Tournament in Memphis,” Plummer added. “Beating St. George and St. Agnes, two really good programs, turned things around. A lot of different people stepped up and did great things for us over those two days. That weekend gave us great confidence to play at a high level and jump-start the rest of the season for us.”