Lady Titans post another shutout in North State Finals
February 5, 2012Ridgeland High School
It took ten minutes, but the Lady Titans broke through the Oxford defense and scored the eventual game winning goal.
“Oxford packed the defense well tonight,” said Coach Winship. “They were determined to make this a low scoring match. Our girls were very patient and relentless in our attack. It says a great deal about our resolve.”
Senior midfielder Haley Britt matched her career high in goals with her 22nd of the season in the 10th minute of play. The Titan defense would yield no shots on frame in the game’s first 40 minutes.
“Our backline has been huge all season. Olivia Travis has proven to be a very vocal leader on the backline. Allison Bunch has played phenomenal again this year and Madison Walker has been our most improved player by far this year. Rhae’Ven has been the quarterback of our team yet again, while Haley Hegwood has become one of the top keepers in the state,” added Winship.
The second half started the same way the first half ended, complete control of the match.
Britt had time and laid a ball off down the line where junior forward Hanna Harris was racing. She paled a soft rolling pass across the length of the six yard box. Senior forward LaTesha Fleming blasted the pass into the goal for her 18th and a 2-0 Ridgeland lead.
The Titans would score once more with ten minutes remaining. Bunch won a tackle and started towards the midfield stripe. She played a ball into space and senior forward Shannon Locke headed off to the ball. She ran stride for stride with the Oxford defender for just a brief few steps. Then she kicked it into high gear and left her mark. Her goal would be her 21st of the season.
Hegwood posted her 15th shutout of the season while her stellar defense allowed no shots for the second time in this year’s playoff run.
Shortly after the match, it was learned that West Jones had beaten East Central 3-1 to set up the third straight 5A girls’ final matchup.
“We felt like we were the best team in 5A north all year. The girls were hoping that West would take the south so that our finals would truly be the best in 5A,” said Winship. “We are excited about the challenge.”