Bearettes shoot for history

By PATRICK MacCOON
Posted 10/11/18

Kicking with all its might, Bradley Central will fight to try and create history with a District 5-AAA championship plaque within reach.The Bearettes have not been crowned district champions in the …

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Kicking with all its might, Bradley Central will fight to try and create history with a District 5-AAA championship plaque within reach.

The Bearettes have not been crowned district champions in the 21st century and will have to battle a tough McMinn County squad in their shot attempt at history.

Kickoff in the title match is set for 7 tonight at the Lady Cherokees soccer complex next to City Park School.

Both programs secured a Region 3-AAA berth with 2-1 victories in the semifinals.

Bradley put forth a lockdown second-half defensive effort to top Walker Valley, while McMinn edged out Ooltewah in three overtimes.

The Lady Cherokees came away with a 5-2 road victory against the Bearettes on Aug. 30. The second half was evenly matched, with each side scoring one goal.

Bradley enters with a 10-5-2 overall record and with a jolt of energy from a healthy Cambree Mayo.

In games with Mayo on the field, the Bearettes are 9-2-1 and average 3.7 goals per match. The quick to strike junior found the back of the net three times against McMinn in a district semifinals victory last season.

Wendy Mendez, Anna Stouffer, Reagan Harrold and Haley Esquinance look to complement the standout scorer in Mayo, who has over 50 goals the past two seasons.

The Lady Cherokees (11-2-1) have outscored district competition 22-4 this season and average 3.4 goals per match.

Bradley has held its opposition to one goal or less 10 times behind junior keeper Lillian Lawson, while McMinn has done so nine times in 2018.

Other key impact players and leaders for the Bearettes include Chelsea Myers, Maddie Tennant, Sophie Beachboard, Abbey Scalise and Ki'Eviyon Rittenberry. 

The winner of tonight's contest will host the loser of the District 6-AAA championship match, while the other will have to hit the road.

Cookeville (11-1-1) will host Soddy-Daisy (13-3-1) at 6 p.m. tonight in a battle for the 6-AAA title.

A must-win to advance region semifinals will begin next Tuesday.

The region finals will be held next Thursday with sub-state matches Saturday, Oct. 20.

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