FRANKLIN – Keaton Mitchell notched her second hat trick in as many weeks and the Battle Ground Academy girls soccer team, the defending Division II-A champions, maintained their push into the postseason.
BGA handed Evangelical Christian School a 7-3 loss in the first round of the state tournament Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats will travel to Boyd Buchanan on Saturday for a quarterfinal match.
Sophia Donoghue scored the first goal for home-standing BGA in the 23rd minute and Mitchell scored her first goal of the match just two minutes after on a feed from Sara Evans for a 2-0 advantage. It stayed 2-0 BGA to the half as the offenses on both sides found paydirt multiple times in the second 40 minutes.
Kennedy Price sliced through the ECS defense for a tally in the 42nd and Mitchell again followed with another goal off a Eva Schreiber ball two minutes later for a quick 4-0 cushion.
In the 67th, ECS scored on a penalty kick from Delaney Stookey and tacked on goals on two more goals in the 71st and 76th.BGA traded scores as Mitchell scored her third goal in the 70th and Schreiber converted a pass from Price in the 78th.
DII-A Middle Region champion Christ Presbyterian Academy will also play in the quarterfinal round Saturday after earning a first round bye last week. CPA will host Lausanne at 12 p.m.
A match time for BGA’s quarterfinal has yet to be determined.
In other area soccer outside of Region 6-AAA, the Page High School girls earned a rematch with Murfreesboro Central on Thursday. The Lady Patriots, who fell to Murfreesboro Central in the District 11-AA title match, picked up a 9-0 win at Cheatham County on Tuesday night.
Murfreesboro Central advanced with a 9-0 win over Sycamore in the other Region 6-AA semifinal. Thursday’s match in Murfreesboro is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.