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Soccer: Lobliner lifts Ravenwood over Franklin in thrilling OT finish

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Soccer – Ravenwood vs. Franklin, 11-AAA Championship

The Ravenwood girls celebrated with their Franklin rivals after a 2-1 overtime win to clinch the District 11-AAA championship. 

BRENTWOOD – Kami Lobliner trailed teammate Ally Brown in the closing seconds of double overtime Thursday at Brentwood High School. 

The senior Brown, a University of Tennessee commit, was tripped up just inside the box, but popped up to flip a pass to Lobliner and the Ravenwood High School sophomore booted a right-footed rocket. 

“She had like three people barricading around her, but I was just behind her calling for the ball,” Lobliner said. “I called out, ‘Ally,’ with everything my voice had left and she played it back and I just one-timed it into the back right corner of the goal. 

“It is literally the most amazing feeling.” 

Lobliner’s goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime lifted Ravenwood past Franklin 2-1 and clinched the District 11-AAA championship for a second consecutive season in a rematch of last year’s thrilling Class AAA title match with the Lady Admirals. 

“It’s really sort of poetic for her,” Ravenwood coach Jessica Mancini said of Lobliner’s finish. “She’s a really hard worker and she deserves it … I just love that she pulled that one out.” 

Both sides left the field exhausted, but praised one another for an unbelievable effort in yet another rivalry classic between the two programs. They battled to a scoreless draw in the regular season and the 2020 championship went the same route until the Lady Raptors prevailed in penalty kicks. 

“All these girls are friends and they all know how each other operates,” Mancini said. “It’s just always been a battle and obviously playing in the state championship last year makes it even more intense.” 

Lady Raptors junior Leah Johnson broke the scoring drought between the pair by soaring in for a header in the 59th off a set piece from senior Sarah Kate Rath. 

The goal essentially opened up a barrage of opportunities for both teams despite dominant defensive back lines led by Franklin’s Jessie DeSantis and Abby Marak along with Brown of Ravenwood and Lauren Hiatt among others. 

About two minutes after the first goal, the Lady Admirals answered with a similar finish when senior Shannon Ward sent a cross from the right side to Charlotte Robertson. 

“We had changed our formation a bit and it kind of opened up the middle of the field and opened up some opportunities,” said Robertson, who sent a header toward the left post for the equalizer – the first goal allowed by Ravenwood in five matches. 

“They were kind enough to open up the seal,” Franklin coach Mike Burgoyne added of the scoring plays. “Once we saw the ball go into the back of the net, it was like, ‘OK, we can do this.’ 

“That led to that quality cross and great finish by Charlotte Robertson to get one of the best goals that we have had all season.” 

Freshman Ali Fletcher nearly produced another tally when she fired from the top of the box on the run. The ball sailed just over the crossbar and a leaping Ava Yamas in goal. Yamas, a freshman, leaped out of a crowd and used one hand to deflect a high ball after a Ravenwood corner in the 74th as well. 

On the other end, Lady Raptor sophomore keeper Lexi Grundler provided several big saves, including scooping up a low shot by Franklin’s Georgia Shields early in the second half. 

Franklin managed the best look of the first overtime when Avery Brown was just wide of the left post in the 82nd. In the second overtime, Johnson floated through a crowd in the 92nd for another header attempt off another Rath corner that sailed high. She also left the field after skying for the ball due to cramps – a common theme late in the match. 

“Everybody was fatiguing a little bit for sure, but we thought there was more cramping on their side going into overtime,” Burgoyne said. “We were hopeful we were going to be able to pull it out and get another goal, but unfortunately that’s how soccer works sometimes.” 

Mancini said she expected her team to battle fatigue heading into the showdown. 

“We knew we would be sprinting for at least 80 minutes,” she said. “It was going to be a mind over matter game. I think we did a good job of trusting each other and I’m just proud of a solid all-around effort.” 

Both teams advance to the Region 6-AAA tournament next week and will be joined by Nolensville and Independence. 

“I’m fully confident we will see them again,” Robertson said. 

Nolensville 9, Columbia Central 0, District 12-AAA Semifinal 

The Lady Knights pushed into the district title match by overwhelming Columbia Central Thursday at Summit High School. 

Freshman Madeline Padelski netted a hat trick in the first half to lead the Lady Knights in their tournament debut after joining the league this season. 

Millie Smith added two tallies, while Mackenzie Bates, Maddison Ehinger, Callie Earls and Amelia Logiudice also scored.