If Scott High and Oneida seemed evenly matched before, there was even more reason to think so after Monday’s showdown at Jane Terry Hoffman Field in Oneida.
The Lady Highlanders and Lady Indians played to a 1-1 tie, with each team scoring a single goal in the second half after a scoreless frst half.
Monday’s game was the second of two non-district showdowns between the inner-county rivals this season. Scott won the first one, 3-2, with Olivia Rector scoring a goal in the 76th minute to break a 2-2 tie.
There were no late-game heroics in Monday’s rematch — just plenty of solid defense. After the two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first 40 minutes — which saw the Lady Highlanders out-shoot the Lady Indians 8-3 — Scott quickly got on the board in the second half. Dara Stanley managed to sneak a shot by Oneida’s all-region goalkeeper Alea Jones — who had 14 saves and has given up only two goals in three games since returning from injury — about three minutes in. About seven minutes after that, Oneida’s Macy Dunlap scored on a penalty kick to tie the game. Then the two teams settled in to play defense for the final half-hour of soccer.
Scott out-shot Oneida 9-8 in the second half.
Two key contributors were shaken up in Monday’s game. Rector left with a back injury and did not return. Oneida’s Claire Burress suffered an ankle injury. It appeared in the immediate aftermath of the game that Rector would be okay; Oneida head coach Phil Newport said it might take Burress “a while to mend.”
The Lady Highlanders will be back in action on Wednesday, when Clinton visits. It’ll be senior night, and the game will be played at Highlander Stadium, with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
Oneida will play the last game of a lengthy homestand on Thursday, when Corbin, Ky. visits Jane Terry Hoffman Field.
Oneida 6, Rockwood 0: Macy Dunlap scored her second hat trick of the season, and the Lady Indians defeated Rockwood 6-0 at Jane Terry Hoffman Field on Thursday to wrap up the regular season District 3-A championship.
Aliyah Douglas, Alexea Jones and Claire Burress each scored goals for the Lady Indians, while Alea Jones pitched a shut-out in the goal.
Oneida coach Phil Newport said his team started “a little too tight,” before scoring the first of three first half goals about 13 minutes in. The three second half goals came quickly, after which everybody played.
“I want to thank the support we have gotten lately,” Newport said. “The place has felt like an advantage because we have been getting a crowd at the field.”
Newport said his team has two objective sgoing forward: to get better, and stay healthy.
Anderson County 2, Scott 1: Anderson County was able to wrap up the regular season District 5-AA championship with a 2-1 win over Scott High at John John Yancey Park on Thursday.
Macy Brown scored the goal for the Lady Highlanders, who lost a regular season district game for the first time in two years.
The game was a reversal from last season, when Scott defeated Anderson County in the regular season to secure homefield advantage in the postseason, only to see the Mavs win both the district and region championships. The Lady Highlanders’ goal over the off-season was to win the hardware this year instead of finishing runner-up. Most will expect Scott and Anderson County to rematch in the district title game next month.