The Huntland High School Lady Hornets beat the Fayetteville City High School Lady Tigers 3-0 at home Monday in the quarterfinals of their district tournament.
The Lady Hornets scored a pair of goals in the first half to provide the cushion they needed as they advanced to the next round of the bracket.
Huntland head soccer coach Scott Worthington said that his players got off to a slow start after not playing for more than a week, but they pulled through to get the win.
“We showed that we hadn’t played in 11 days. We were rusty,” Worthington said. “It took about 15-20 minutes to shake off the rust, but I’ll take a win.”
The Lady Tigers took the fight to the Lady Hornets early in the game and missed on a few close shots. The Lady Hornets also had a few close misses with a shot by Katherine Clark bouncing off the crossbar early in the first half.
Natalie Stovall got the Lady Hornets on the board with 20 minutes remaining in the half as she tapped the ball in off of a deflection. The goal was her third of the season.
Clark extended the lead with seven minutes remaining in the half as she took the ball on Huntland’s side of the field and dribbled it all the way down before firing a shot past Fayetteville’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0. Clark has scored 15 goals for Huntland this year.
They led 2-0 at halftime.
The Lady Hornets continued to keep up the offensive pressure in the second half, but the Lady Tigers would keep the deficit at two goals for a while.
On the other end of the field, the Lady Hornets maintained their shutout for the remainder of the contest.
Riley Hazard notched a score with seconds remaining to put the final lead at three goals. The goal was her fourth of the year.
With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 8-4-2 on the season.
They will next play Tuesday against Community High School at Forrest High School in a district semifinal game. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Worthington reiterated the importance of the game as the Lady Hornets will be attempting to further extend their season.
“We’re at a point where if you win, you move on. If you lose, then you call it a season and I don’t want these girls to hang their head on anything,” Worthington said.