By Mac McLeod,
Not only was last week a very good one for the Livingston Academy girls soccer team, but as it turned out, it was also a tremendous season and the Lady Cats posted a pair of wins last week and finished the season as District 8-AA champions.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this group of young ladies,” second year coach David Sadler II pointed out. “It was my second year as coach and they accepted me and some of my off-the-wall ways of doing things, and they still won. I guess you could say they won in spite of the coach. Really, I can’t thank my assistant coach Steve Huntley, who really knew the game, enough. He was a tremendous asset to the entire program.”
In the first encounter last week, Livingston traveled to Crossville and took on Cumberland County in a very important match. In the end, the Lady Cats came out on top, 3-2, with Jena Harris scoring two goals and Kaitlin Huntley adding another. Lilly Copeland, Jayda Hammock, and Avery Chaffin were each credited with an assist while goalie Tori Hinds recorded 7 saves.
“That was a big win for us,” the coach continued. “For one thing, it proved to our team that they could beat anybody in the district, so the confidence was there and the girls just took that and ran with it. It was so big.”
With that game out of the way, the Lady Cats needed one more trip to Crossville to prove it was no accident. Against Cumberland for the second time in the week, Livingston won, this time, 2-0.
Jena Harris scored both Livingston goals, and Hinds was once again strong in the net with 8 saves.
With the win, the girls ran their season record to 9-2-2.
Tournament action will get underway today, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. at Cumberland County High School. If LA wins and plays in the district tournament championship on Thursday and wins, the Lady Wildcats will host the first round of the regional tournament the following week.