Raptors top Rebels in overtime take Region 6-AAA soccer title
By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
Amber Tanner scored three goals and Ravenwood rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and take a 3-2 soccer victory over Franklin in the Region 6-AAA finals Wednesday night.
It was the third meeting for the two teams this season, after they tied during the regular season and Franklin took a 1-0 overtime win in the District 11-AAA finals last week.
“We knew what to expect,” she said. “I think we were still nervous in the beginning, but knowing we were going to play Saturday and this wouldn’t be the end helped a little. We just had to bring it to them, and that’s what we did.”
Both teams advance to Saturday’s sectional round, with Ravenwood hosting Hendersonville, the runner-up in Region 5-AAA, while Franklin travels to face 5-AAA champ Clarksville. The eight sectional winners across the state advance to next week’s state tournament in Chattanooga.
Tanner scored goals at the end of both halves, one in the 40th minute and a game-tying goal in the 76th minute. The game-winner came in the 82nd minute, and Ravenwood (11-1-3) was able to keep the Lady Rebels from mounting a comeback of their own. Building momentum over the course of the game was key for the Lady Raptors, Tanner said.
“I think as soon as we scored the first goal, everything just kept on going,” Tanner said. “Especially after the second goal, we stepped it up and knew we were going to win.”
Franklin (15-2-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a goal from Hannah Hewett on a penalty kick and a second goal by Delaney Griffin. The Lady Rebel defense was able to hold Ravenwood at bay for much of the second half, but Tanner’s goal came in transition on an assist from Caroline Fallon.
Since the two know each other’s tendencies so well, the goal was to alter the scheme and “keep things fresh,” Raptor coach Jose Londono said.
“We wanted not to be predictable,” he said. “Coming back from a 2-0 deficit, we needed to modify some things.”
Being down 2-0 did not cause Ravenwood to panic, Tanner said. In fact, the Lady Raptors were confident they could turn it around.
“That’s the easiest deficit to come back from, and we did it,” she said. “We just knew it was our time to win.”
Getting a chance to play at home Saturday is a huge benefit, she said, especially with a spot in the state tournament on the line.
“It’s a big advantage,” Tanner said. “I think we’re ready.”
Posted on: 10/24/2013