The Huntland High School Lady Hornets beat the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs 6-0 at home Monday in a quarterfinal game for their district tournament.
The Lady Hornets took an early lead and then racked up five goals in the second half to turn the contest into a blowout as they advanced to the next round.
Huntland head soccer coach Amanda Tipps said her team got off to an overall slow start but gained a significant amount of momentum after the halftime break.
“I felt like we struck early and then we just kind of sat back on a 1-0 lead in the first half,” Tipps said. “Then we came out in the second half and seemed to catch fire and finally started doing what I expected them to do.”
The first Huntland goal came less than two minutes into the contest as Summer Johnson fired a shot from just outside the goal box which found the back of the net. The score was Johnson’s third of the year.
The score remained there for the rest of the half despite close misses by both squads as the Lady Hornets led 1-0 at halftime.
Carley Rigsby gave the Lady Hornets some breathing room 10 minutes into the second half as she scored on a free kick for her second goal of the season.
The Lady Hornets struck again eight minutes later as eighth grader Hazel Reed broke through for a score to put the lead at 3-0.
Reed wasn’t done scoring as she slipped away from the defense again shortly after and buried a shot in the back of the net to make it a 4-0 game with 18 minutes remaining. The goal was her fourth of the season for the high school team.
The Lady Hornets began to cycle their starters out of the game with the score well in their favor.
The changes included starting goalkeeper Megan Tipps being moved to the forward position, and she got a chance to score in the final minutes after the Lady Hornets were awarded a penalty kick. Tipps nailed the attempt with three minutes left for her first goal of the season.
The Lady Hornets got their final goal one minute later as Jennifer Perez scored on an assist from Tori Schultz to put the final lead at six. It was the first goal of the season for Perez.
With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 7-4-4 on the season.
They will next play Tuesday against Cascade High School at Forrest High School in a semifinal game for their district tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.