By Josh Scott,
Livingston Academy had two primary objectives that they wanted to complete last week against Rockwood: win and get rest. Doing that is sometimes no easy task, but the Lady Wildcats were able to come away completing both on Tuesday evening.
After what seemed like a never-ending road trip the week before, the Lady Cats traveled down Interstate 40 to Rockwood in their only contest of the week, looking to get a win over a non-district opponent and keep their momentum alive on the young season.
Those aforementioned goals came to fruition pretty quickly as Livingston was up by a score of 6-1 before anyone really could blink.On the evening, the familiar faces made their impact felt as Katlin Huntley and Jenna Harris each tallied two goals in the half to lead the Livingston Academy offensive attack.
But they weren’t the only ones that pitched in on the attack, as young guns Avarie Chaffin and Estie Holman each found the back of the net to give Livingston their six goals on the evening.
Other offensive efforts included Jayda Hammock with two assists, while Lilly Copeland, Analese Milligan, and Emma Sadler each made their mark with an assist each.
In the box, Tori Hinds was stellar, allowing one goal on five shots taken.
Rockwood did their damage against the JV version of the Lady Wildcats, netting three goals after the half to narrow the margin; however in the end, the damage done was too much, and Livingston came away with a 6-4 win over Rockwood.
Now, the attention turns to their District 6-AA rival Cumberland County, a team Livingston Academy (3-0-1, 1-0) will play today, Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Crossville. Talking about Cumberland, Coach David Sadler knows what’s coming.
“They (Crossville) are a very good, very fast team who likes to push the middle offensively,” he said. “We need to keep the ball outside and force them to take long shots.”
Last season, Livingston and Cumberland County played some magnificent soccer games, and unless something crazy happens, this early contest could decide the District 6-AA regular season championship. Is that pressure? Maybe, but it’s nothing that Livingston isn’t ready for.
“Big district games always add more pressure,” explained Sadler, “but these girls have kept their composure all year long in every game. They rarely get rattled or frustrated. They definitely never give up, and that’s impressive.”
LA will then end the week Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, in the Smoky Mountain Classic, where they enter as defending champions of the tournament.