Having defeated the team from Brownsville just last week in the regular-season finale by a 4-1 score, head coach Lisa Clifft was optimistic that her team would perform well and that everyone would get a chance to play in the quarterfinal match.
Due to fall break, Haywood County only brought 10 players, which meant Dyersburg would have a one-player advantage for the entire game. Clifft and the Lady Trojans showed a lot of class by choosing to only field 10 players to match their opponent for what proved to be a lopsided win, 11-0.
"This was a whole team effort tonight," said Clifft immediately following the game. "I am proud of how we played. The fact that everyone played will help us as we move to the semifinals on Thursday."
The Lady Trojans kept the ball on the offensive end most of the evening taking shots on goal almost at will. Senior Katherine Keller scored at the five-minute mark of the first half on a rebound off a corner kick. Keller would score twice more in the first half and once in the second. Maricela Leon scored twice in the first half while Sadie Liljenquist scored twice in the second half. Rachel Clifft, Bethany Brashier and Alyson Patton rounded out the scoring for the home team while a host of defenders only allowed two shots on goal by the visitors.
Four Lady Trojan seniors and their parents were recognized at halftime of the game. Cassandra Solis, Mel Hurst, Sydney McNeill and Katherine Keller were given flowers by their teammates and honored for their successes on and off the soccer field.
Dyersburg will play in the semifinals of the regional tournament on Thursday against the Obion County Lady Rebels at 5 p.m. The other semifinal game will match Covington against Westview at 7. Both games will be played at the DMS soccer complex.
The winners of two semifinal games will meet next Tuesday at the DMS soccer complex.