Hustling play throughout the match carried the Henry County High School girls’ soccer team to a 4-3 victory over Rossview in a spirited district tournament semifinal match played Tuesday night at HCHS.
The Lady Patriots (7-8-1) will move on to meet Clarksville High School in the tournament championship game set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Clarksville. The Lady Wildcats own a 9-0 victory over the Lady Patriots this season.
Early in Tuesday’s semifinal at HCHS, both teams missed out on prime opportunities to score off deflected shots as the shooters kicked the ball high over the goals on the rebound.
Rossview got on the board in the 19th minute by luring the HCHS goalie outside and hitting a shot into the empty net.
It only took Henry County about three minutes longer to tie the match as Gracey Pack took a pass from Ava Raines and hammered the ball into the left side of the goal.
Henry County kept the pressure on the Rossview goal but the Lady Hawks’ goalkeeper made a least a dozen stops in the first half. The Lady Patriots broke through for a second goal in the 32nd minute when Carley Vaughn scored off an assist by Pack to make it a 2-1 HCHS lead.
Late in the first half, Lady Patriot Leslie Green took a pass from Pack and hit a shot to give Henry County a 3-1 halftime advantage.
Rossview attacked early in the second half and got a goal quickly to pull within a 3-2 margin.
Pack answered in the 43rd minute with a long shot from straight on that arched over the goalkeeper and found the back of the net for a 4-2 Henry County lead.
Rossview didn’t fold and midway through the second half got a final goal on a long shot that hit off Lady Patriot goalie Kat Allen’s hands before bouncing in for a score to make it a 4-3 game.
The Lady Hawks attacked throughout the remainder of the match but good hustle by the Lady Patriots cleared the ball away from the goal on every attempt to preserve the tournament victory.
Henry County had defeated Rossview 2-0 in the regular season.