A pair of goals by Caitlyn Moore lifted the Coffee County Lady Raider soccer team to a 2 to 1 win over Franklin County on Saturday night in the first round of the District 8AAA tournament. A layoff of 16 days only seemed to help Coffee County as the Lady Raiders opened the match with incredible offensive pressure. Coffee County got their first goal in the 4th minute after forcing Franklin County to surrender a corner kick. Allie Amado’s corner kick was punched back to her feet, allowing her to feed a beautiful pass to the front of the net. There she found Moore who drilled it past the Franklin County keeper. The Lady Raiders dominated ball possession in the first half as they carried the 1 to 0 lead into the half.
Coffee County continued the aggressive offensive attack to begin the second half. The Lady Raiders pushed a long through pass up the middle of the field. As Moore and the Franklin County keeper converged on the ball, the keeper came out of the 18 yard box and was unable to clear it. Moore deftly dribbled around her to fire her 2nd goal into the empty net at the 42nd minute. From there, the Rebelettes turned up the offensive pressure, eventually scoring on an odd man rush in the 60th minute. Coffee County was able to recover from that defensive miscue and finished strong against a Rebelette squad that appeared to run out of gas in the last 10 minutes. For the match, Franklin County outshot Coffee County 15 to 14, but the Rebelettes were only able to put 7 shots on frame. Coffee County keeper Ali Shelton finished the match with 6 saves with most of those coming in the 2nd half.
With the win, Coffee County improves to 9-7-2 on the season and advances to the District 8AAA semifinals on Tuesday. Coffee County will travel to Fayetteville to take on Lincoln County on Tuesday night in a match that will begin at 7 PM. Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast of that match beginning at 6:50.
A podcast of Saturday’s match is available at the Thunder Radio website at: http://www.WMSRradio.com/downloads/