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Soccer: Scott, Oneida pick up big district wins

Olivia Rector lines up a shot attempt during Scott High’s 2-0 win over Campbell County on Monday, September 9, 2019 | LeEtta Boyatt/IH

HUNTSVILLE — You can’t win if you don’t score. And, as of late, it’s been difficult for Scott High’s opponents to get on the board.

The Lady Highlanders blanked District 5-AA rival Kingston on Wednesday, 3-0, to extend their winning streak to five games — including three consecutive shutouts.

Scott (5-1, 2-0) is un-scored-upon in district play, after defeating Loudon 2-0 last week.

Macy Brown, Taylor Morgan and Olivia Rector scored goals for Scott in Wednesday’s game, with assists provided by Zoey Terry, Katie Tucker and Rylee Cotton.

Scott High, which opened the season with a 4-0 loss to Livingston Academy in a rematch of last year’s Region 3-AA semifinal, bounced back with a 3-2 win over Oneida and hasn’t looked back. The Lady Indians have won their last four games by a combined score of 16-1.

Wednesday’s game was the second win of the week for the Lady Highlanders. Forty-eight hours earlier, they scored a 2-0 win over Campbell County, their second consecutive shutout. Cotton and Brown scored goals in that game, with Rector assisting Brown’s goal.

Next up for the Lady Highlanders is a trip to Cumberland Gap on Monday. Scott will then host Anderson County on September 19, a game that could very well decide the top seed in District 5.

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Oneida freshman goalkeeper Claire Burress punts the ball out of the box during Oneida’s 3-2 win over Cumberland Gap at Jane Terry Hoffman Field on Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Ben Garrett/IH

Oneida (4-1, 3-0) won its fourth consecutive game on Thursday, upsetting Cumberland Gap, 3-2. The Lady Indians led 2-1 at the half and were up 3-1 early in the second half before holding off a late surge by the Panthers.

While the Lady Indians won the District 3-A championship last year by defeating Cumberland Gap, the Panthers defeated Oneida in the preseason and had won three consecutive games, out-scoring their opponents by an astounding count of 27-0.

But short-handed Oneida, which had as many as seven freshmen on the field together at one point, proved why it is poised to be in contention for district titles for several years to come. Aleyah Douglas scored first with an assist by Alexea Jones. Macy Dunlap added a late first half goal on an assist by Savana Shepard to give the Lady Indians the lead for good. Jones added the second half goal, with Dunlap assisting.

“I thought Dunlap, Sexton and Griffith were more composed with keeping things solid through the center of the field,” Oneida coach Phil Newport said. “Cumberland Gap is a fantastic soccer team so it was good that we changed some things up to confuse them a little.”

The win was the second of the week for the Lady Indians. They defeated Clinton by a 1-0 count on Tuesday. Jones scored the only goal of the game, with an assist by Dunlap. 

Newport was not especially pleased with his team’s effort against the Dragons, saying Clinton had come to play “and we just have not hit our stride yet.” But he was more pleased with his team’s performance in the win over Cumberland Gap — a game which could ultimately give the Lady Indians the top postseason seed in District 3-A.

Oneida will next be in action with a visit from Anderson County on Tuesday, and will host Rockwood in a district game on September 19.

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