Demarco Moore, Sports Writer MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In a matter of seconds, things began to unravel for the Coffee County Central High School girls’ soccer team in Tuesday’s Region 4-AAA semifinal at Ken Nolan Stadium. Back-to-back goals in the first half, coupled with a suffocating defensive effort helped Siegel seize a 3-1 victory over the Lady Raiders. After a slow start by both teams, Coffee County goalkeeper Ashley Woods made a diving save in front of the net. But Siegel’s Mia Roberts was there for the easy follow-up shot, giving the Lady Stars a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Seconds after the ball was brought to midfield for a stoppage, Emily Sanchez slipped past Coffee County’s defense for another goal that pushed Siegel’s lead to 2-0.
The Lady Raiders fought an uphill battle from then on, as Janie Hopper padded Siegel’s lead four minutes into the second half. “They were relentless,” Coffee County head coach David Amado said of the Lady Stars’ defense. “We had that breakdown for about a minute and a half, and then [the second-half goal]… that put us behind the eight ball.” A goal from junior Allie Amado(Jenna Garretson assist) in the 55th minute was one of the few things that went right for Coffee County on a night when the Lady Raiders were outshot 16-8. “Our plan was to shoot to the goal, and we probably had eight to 10 [opportunities], but only had two — one went in, the other one went out,” coach Amado added. “In a half we gave them two goals, and then we held them pretty much, even though we were under a lot of pressure just about the whole game.” Woods finished the match with seven saves, as Coffee County ends its season 10-4-2. Siegel will host Oakland in the region championship on Thursday (7 p.m.). The Lady Patriots defeated Lincoln County 3-0 in Fayetteville in the other region semifinal. MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Westwood splits season-opener with Fayetteville A big first half helped the Westwood Middle School girls’ basketball team secure its first win of the 2017 season, as the Lady Rockets defeated Fayetteville 37-25 inside Joel Vinson Gymnasium. Westwood (1-0 overall) led 21-11 at halftime thanks to a 10-point half from Elizabeth Brown, who finished the game with 14 points to lead all Lady Rockets. Kennedy Young, Alex Nelson and Kasen Holt also added six points each. Fayetteville 32, Rockets 29 Westwood Middle School’s boys’ basketball team was able to turn a nightmare start into a near come-from-behind victory, as the Rockets fell to Fayetteville in Tuesday’s season opener. The Rockets (0-1) trailed by as many as 18 points at one point before cutting into Fayetteville’s lead down the stretch. However, the Tigers were able to hold onto their lead and spoil what was also Westwood’s home opener. “First half offense was chaotic,” said WMS boys’ basketball coach Will Pannell. “[We] did a much better job of stopping penetration [in the second half] and making them shoot outside.” Trent Thompson scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the second half, as the Rockets came up two points short of tying the game. Brady Nugent added six points for WMS. NEXT GAME: Home versus Casacde on Monday, Oct. 23 (6 p.m.) Reach Demarco Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @iam__demo