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Franklin County’s Rebelettes soccer team claimed second place in District 8-AAA after a 4-0 loss to Shelbyville in a championship matchup Thursday night.
The tough loss, on Shelbyville’s home field, was a shock to the Rebelettes who had only allowed four total goals in eight district games all year.
Seeming a bit sluggish, the Rebelettes fell behind 2-0 in the first period with the first of the two goals being scored within the first 5 minutes.
Sluggish is not a term usually associated with the high energy, and passionate team, but the Rebelettes may have had a reason why.
Less than 48 hours before their bout with Shelbyville in the district championship game, the Rebelettes took place in a high emotion, four overtime battle that was decided by a shootout, which the team won to defeat rival Tullahoma.
“I think the long game we played Tuesday night was an emotional victory, and it took it’s toll,” Franklin County assistant coach Cletus Pew said, following Thursday night’s loss.
Coach Chelsey Morris agreed saying that, “It’s hard to bounce back from something that you haven’t been in before.”
The Rebelettes gave up two more goals in the second period to Shelbyville, sealing their fate, losing 4-0.
Following the loss, trophies were awarded, and players were acknowledged for their achievements on the year. Garnering honors on the Rebelettes squad were Katie Hood, Nora Barnes, Elizabeth Knies, and Abbie Williams.
Hood and Barnes were named to the All-District second team, and Knies and Williams made the All-District first team. All four young ladies were senior leaders on the Rebelettes squad.
Although a loss surely wasn’t the goal, the consolation prize isn’t so bad. The Rebelettes claimed runner-up in the district, along with garnering a regional playoff spot.
“It’s tough to take a loss, but thankfully it’s not the end of the year, we still have another game.” Morris said.
The Rebelettes used a much-needed rest and now have to jump back into action tonight in Murfreesboro.
In the semifinal’s of the Region 4-AAA Tournament, the Rebelettes travel to take on District 7-AAA champs, the Siegel Lady Stars.
Tonight’s meeting at 6 p.m. will be the second matchup between the Rebelettes and Lady Stars this year.
In mid September the Rebelettes hosted Siegel in a 2-0 losing effort.
Both teams combined for an impressive total of 18 shutouts this season. That includes eight for the Rebelettes, and 10 for the Lady Stars.
Siegel has won five straight, all of which were shutouts, and is coming off of its fifth consecutive District 7-AAA championship.
Placed highly in the state rankings, Siegel is probably considered a favorite in tonight’s contest.
However, the heart shown by this Rebelettes team has proved to their supporters to never doubt them.
Tonight’s regional semifinal match begins at 6 p.m. at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.