Central Magnet soccer falls 2-0 to Greeneville in state semifinals

Knoxville Central’s Lily Wilds looks to come in to steal the ball away from Central Magnet’s Megan Delaney. ETHAN SCOTT

Central Magnet's soccer season came to an end in the TSSAA Class 2A state semifinals with a 2-0 loss to Greeneville on Thursday.

"We knew it would be a tough match and the conditions were not ideal, but I am proud of my team," Central coach Ryan Bennett said. "This will be a good thing for our program."

The field conditions were less than ideal as rain came in the afternoon and cleared off just before match time, but the field soaked with water and made things difficult for both sides as they struggled to control the ball in the first 40 minutes.

Both teams had chances, but neither team could put the ball in the back of the net. Late in the opening half, a foul in the box gave Greeneville a chance as Emily Graham had a chance to break the ice, but her shot was saved by Avery Pogue. The Tigers were able to clear the ball out of harm’s way as both teams went to halftime scoreless.

The second half was a little of the same as both teams struggled to control the ball in the cold and windy conditions. Another four in the box gave the Greene Devils another opportunity, and Macy Vermillion made it as she banged it in the corner for the opening score.

A few minutes later, Greeneville scored another score as Delnna Debusk  put the ball away to give the team a two-goal cushion, and it was just too much for the Tigers to overcome as both teams battled the last 30 minutes of the match.

Central Magnet ended its best season at 17-3-3 and loses four players, Jenny Peters, Sarah Kate Spielman, Brooke Dugan and junior Katie Kerr to graduation.

"To be the best you have to play the best and we will not stop doing that,"  Bennett said.

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