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Lady Trojans, Lady Bulldogs end in 3-3 tie

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lady Trojan Katherine Keller takes on two Madison defenders. Dyersburg and Madison finished in a 3-3 tie.
What has become the early-season benchmark game for the Dyersburg Lady Trojans to gauge their development over the last several seasons, didn't disappoint as the perennial A/AA state contenders ended in a 3-3 deadlock on a hot, humid night at the DMS Soccer Complex. Over the last three seasons at least one of the two squads has represented the west at the state tournament with both teams going in 2009.

Dyersburg opened the scoring at the six-minute mark when Katherine Keller sent a ball over the top to an on-rushing Maricela Leon who drilled the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 Lady Trojan lead. Just past the mid-point of the first half, Keller again played provider for Rachel Clifft. Clifft would take a left-footed strike from the top of the goal box just over the Lady Bulldog goalkeeper to put Dyersburg up 2-0 at the break. Madison would create several chances but would come up short at the hands of Lady Trojan keeper Katie Windle who collected eight saves on the night.

However, Madison would turn the tide in just 11 short minutes into the second half with goals in the 47th and 51st minutes, respectfully, to equalize the score at 2-2. The Lady Trojans would not let down in the end to end action and with 17 minutes left in the match, Clifft would score for her second goal of the evening off a free kick from the top of the arc into the top-right corner over the outstretched hands of the Lady Bulldog keeper to go up 3-2.

Unfortunately the Lady Trojans could not stop the determined Madison who would find the tying goal off a 30-yard floater into the side netting. Neither team could record the game winner and the score would remain 3-3 at the final whistle. "Obviously we would have liked to have gotten the result," said coach Lisa Clifft, "but this gives us an idea of where we're at right now and what we need to work on. The girls played well enough to win and worked very hard out there tonight."

Dyersburg is 3-0-1 on the season and 2-0 in the division.

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