Host and No. 1 seed Dobyns-Bennett had to go into overtime before subduing fourth-seeded Tennessee High 2-1. Sullivan South, behind two goals from Teagan Wood, rallied to upset No. 2 Science Hill 3-1.
With the victories, D-B and South will now meet for the District 1 crown at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Both the Lady Indians (13-3-1) and Lady Rebels (8-5-1) earned berths in next Tuesday’s regional semifinals.
D-B looked to be on its way to an easy win when senior Katie Clark took a pass from teammate Kate Jones and gently redirected it into the net just six minutes into the contest.
But, in spite of a preponderance of chances the remainder of the half, the Lady Indians could not again find the net.
Tennessee High (10-7-2) outplayed D-B in every facet of the game over the final 40 minutes of regulation.
When the Lady Vikes’ Danielle Snapp sent a free kick into the back of the D-B goal with 22 minutes to go in regulation, the game seemed destined for overtime.
During the break before extra time, Lady Indians coach Shane Calvert implored his team to pull themselves together. His words did the trick.
D-B played with abandon in the extra period, and senior Kara Brockwell sealed the win with a stunning goal in the 97th minute.
“The ball just popped down in front of me and I kicked it in,’’ said a relieved Brockwell. “We finally got ourselves together in overtime, but we learned that we have to play hard for 80 minutes if we expect to win in postseason.’’
Science Hill (12-4-3) jumped on top of South early. Elyse Dengler scored 13 minutes into the contest on an assist from Kyndal Kind.
Wood answered with a brilliant goal in the 38th minute to level the game heading into halftime.
In the 48th minute, Wood took a cross from Katie Masters and netted the ball to give the Lady Rebs what turned out to be the game-winner.
“I got behind the defenders and got great passes from my teammates,’’ said Wood.
Natalie Street banged home the clincher in the 63rd minute, leaving the Lady ’Toppers wondering what could have been.
“South outplayed us from start to finish,’’ said Science Hill coach Megan Aldridge. “They are much improved. They capitalized on their chances and we didn’t. That’s the mark of a good team.’’
For South coach Stephen Fuchs, the formula for success was simply.
“I told the girls to play with passion and discipline,’’ said Fuchs. “What happened out there tonight is very exciting for our program.’’