MURFREESBORO — Ayden Weinstein didn't care that her goal didn't go exactly as planned.

Her free kick early in the second half skimmed off a Central Magnet player's head and will technically count as an own goal.

But it served as a momentum boost in Page soccer's 2-0 win for the Region 6-AA championship all the same.

The Patriots (16-3-1) will play host to White House on Saturday for a spot in the state tournament. Central (9-3) will travel to Valor College Prep.

Weinstein has been working on that free kick for more than a year. She has worked it long enough to know she didn't put the ball exactly where she wanted.

"I worked on it last year with my sister. We'd go practice it a lot," Weinstein said. "It's supposed to arc in the top upper 90, it's not supposed to drop that early. But I was a little further out than I usually am so I didn't put enough power behind it to adjust for that.

"I'm not unhappy with it because it went in."

Page coach Nate Clapp viewed the goal as hard work paid off, no matter how it went in.

"She's worked on that goal putting it right there," he said. "We've trained it. It's always nice when you train something and it works out in a game."

With the lead, the Patriots shifted to another gear. Kate Nelson added another goal off her own rebound to make it 2-0.

Balanced offense has been a strength for Page, but scoring against Central has been no easy task.

The teams split two low-scoring previous meetings, with Page winning 1-0 in the regular season and Central winning the district tournament crown in penalty kicks.

Nelson scored Page's only non-free kick or penalty kick goal against Central in the teams' three meetings.

"The girls did a great job of getting out there and getting a second goal," Clapp said. "I think Central Magnet is one of the best in the state, and we've played them over and over again. We got better (from the district title loss) because of the competition. We have so much respect for each other. It's a fun night when we play and it's always going to be a good game."

Page is on a mission to reach the state tournament for the first time since 2017. It fell one game shy of qualifying last year when defeated on a Hume-Fogg goal in the final five minutes of a sectional. 

"We feel great (heading into Saturday)," Weinstein said. "I'm proud of how far we've come. We had some off games in the middle of the season, but I think we're getting back to normal."

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