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Gate City, John Battle reach Mountain 7 girls soccer final

Tanner Cook • May 23, 2018 at 2:52 AM

GATE CITY — Gate City’s girls got quite the scare from Lee on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Mountain 7 District girls soccer tournament at Legion Field.

Star forward Callie McMurray scored in each half and the Lady Blue Devils escaped with a hard-earned 2-0 victory that came despite Lady Generals goalkeeper Emily Ledford’s 13 saves.

McMurray scored in the 30th minute on a breakaway from the Lee back line and slipped the ball past Ledford when the keeper guessed the wrong direction.

McMurray curled the ball into the upper corner of the net from a near-impossible angle near the sideline for her second goal.

Lee had chances in the second half, especially on a shot off the crossbar that would have cut the lead to one with less than five minutes remaining.

The Lady Devils took 22 shots and Lee had five. Of Gate City’s 22 shots, 15 were on goal.

Injuries caused a couple of scary moments in the second half for both teams.

A Lee player went down with what appeared to be an upper-body injury and had to be carried off the field. She was later driven off in an ambulance.

Gate City’s Jamie Watts went down with 4:05 left in the match with what appeared to be a neck injury. She was driven off the field in an ambulance following a lengthy delay.

Gate City advanced to play John Battle in the district championship on Thursday evening at Legion Field.

JOHN BATTLE 3, CENTRAL 0

Madison Chappell scored two of the Lady Trojans’ goals, including her first one with just 1.7 seconds left in the opening half that jump-started her team’s offense.

Chappell’s second came in the 72nd minute.

Hannah Leonard scored in the 44th for Battle, which took 16 shots with nine of them on goal.

Central had only five shots, but four were on goal.

Battle keeper Callie Haderer recorded the shutout.

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