Sub-state winners

The Huntland Lady Hornets gather together in front of the goal after beating Adamsville High School 2-1 in a sub-state game Saturday at Franklin County High School. With the win, the Lady Hornets advanced on to the Class A state tournament for the first time in team history.

The Huntland High School Lady Hornets beat the Adamsville Lady Cardinals 2-1 at Franklin County High School Saturday in a sub-state game.

The Lady Hornets did all of their scoring in the first 14 minutes of the game and held off a late surge from the Lady Cardinals to advance to the Class A state tournament for the first time in program history.

Huntland head soccer coach Amanda Tipps expressed excitement for her team’s accomplishment following the game.

“I’m super proud of these girls and super excited about going to the state tournament. We’ve had a (soccer) program for 20 years, and here we are today,” she said. “These girls have worked hard for a lot of years to get here.”

The Lady Hornets jumped ahead almost immediately with Raegen Johnson lobbing a shot into the net off of an assist from Piper Cox just over one minute into the game. The goal was her fourth of the season.

The Lady Hornets struck again later in the half as Logan McLennan received a pass from Cox and kicked the ball through the opposing goalkeeper’s legs to make it a 2-0 game with 26:15 remaining in the half. McLennan has 15 goals on the year for Huntland.

The Lady Hornets led 2-0 at halftime.

The Lady Cardinals would strike back early in the second half as one of their forwards broke away from the defense and fired a shot that found the corner of the net. The goal made it a 2-1 game with 31 minutes remaining.

The Lady Hornets nearly pulled back ahead by two with 23 minutes remaining when a free kick by Kathryn Reed got past Adamsville’s goalkeeper, but the long shot would bounce harmlessly off the left post before being cleared by the defense.

The Lady Cardinals made a few more attacks on the goal in the closing minutes, but the Lady Hornets turned them away each time to clinch the win by one.

Tipps said it was a long week for her players between the regional tournament, the sub-state game and homecoming festivities, but they were able to still emerge victorious.

“I’m proud of them for carrying through and continuing to fight,” she said. “They’re tired, but they pushed through.”

With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 17-1-2 on the season.

They will next play Wednesday against Chuckey-Doak High School at Baylor School in a quarterfinal game for the Class A state tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.