The Huntland High School Lady Hornets beat the Cascade Lady Champions 3-1 at Forrest High School Tuesday in a semifinal game for their district tournament.
The Lady Hornets broke a scoreless tie late in the first half and added two goals after halftime to pull away and advance to the district championship game.
Huntland head soccer coach Amanda Tipps said her team played a good, aggressive game to establish control of the contest for most of the day.
“I was pleased with our effort tonight. I felt like we took charge of the game instead of letting them control it,” Tipps said. “We were the aggressor.”
The Lady Hornets kept the ball on the opponent’s side of the field for most of the first half. They broke through for their first goal with two minutes remaining in the period when Logan McLennan scored off of an assist from Carley Rigsby.
The Lady Hornets led 1-0 at halftime.
The Lady Champions nearly tied the score with a high shot eight minutes into the second half, but the attempt bounced off the corner of the crossbar and back out to keep them off the board.
Huntland’s Hazel Reed found the net with 26 minutes remaining in the contest after receiving a cross from McLennan to put the score at 2-0. The goal was her fifth of the season.
McLennan gave the Lady Hornets a three-goal lead with 12 minutes remaining when she fired a high arcing shot from just outside the goal box which found the corner of the net for her second goal of the day and her 13th of the campaign.
The Lady Champions avoided the shutout by scoring with just five minutes to play, but the Lady Hornets held them off the rest of the way to win by two.
With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 8-4-4 on the season.
They will next play Thursday against Community High School at Forrest in the district championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.