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High School Soccer

Soccer: Page thrives in memorable homecoming debut

The Lady Patriots topped Centennial on school's big stage.

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Soccer – Centennial at Page

Lilli Schmittou of Centennial tries to control the ball in front of the Lady Cougars goal as McKenzie Graham of Page pressures. The Lady Patriots claimed a 1-0 win Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 as the main attraction for the school's Homecoming celebration. 

See MATCH IMAGES for full photo gallery from the contest and HOMECOMING for a separate gallery featuring the band and Homecoming court. 

FRANKLIN – Everything for the Page High School Homecoming went as planned this week. The school just switched which football was featured, highlighting the soccer pitch rather than the gridiron.

The Page girls soccer team did their part, coming away with a 1-0 non-conference win against visiting Centennial just a day removed from locking up the District 11-AA regular season title.

Just like nearly all Homecoming Fridays, the high school band provided plenty of entertainment, the home stands were packed and a rowdy student section provided a match-long dance party. A blown speaker in the second half didn’t stop the party either.

“It feels amazing and this environment was just so special to be a part of,” said Lady Patriots sophomore Anna Baker, who scored the lone goal of the match in the 26th minute. “It was chaotic because you couldn’t hear anything no matter how loud you tried to be, so that made it crazy but you just tried to stay focused and then you were dancing to the music, too.

“It was awesome. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Just amazing.”

The Page football team was forced to cancel this week’s game because COVID-19 protocols involving their scheduled opponent Giles County. Football coach Charles Rathbone – who shares a player with the soccer team in kicker Ayden Weinstein – reached out to soccer coach Nate Clapp about the potential switch earlier this week and after emailing dozens of schools, Centennial stepped up as a fresh opponent.

It made the rare Friday soccer matchup even more fitting since many of the players on the field from the two schools attended Page Middle School.