MURFREESBORO—It was a season to remember for the Cosby High Lady Eagles after standing as one of the final four teams left in the state in Class A on Thursday.
Cosby ran into the defending state champions in Signal Mountain in the dreary weather conditions in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament. It was a challenge to overcome a dominant offense in Signal Mountain being one defender down with senior Maggie Humphrey injured, as the Lady Eagles fell short 5-0 in the Class A Semifinals.
“We played our hearts out against the defending champs,” Assistant coach James Groat of Cosby said. “We have never been here before. Signal Mountain earns themselves a spot here every year. We played them very well and gave it our all.”
The Lady Eagles end their season with plenty to remember with a 16-5-1 overall record and only being shy of the Class A State Championship by one game.
There were a lot of milestones reached for the seniors to go out on after crowning themselves with their first region championship and a shot to win it all in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
“I feel like we have gained more and more respect each year that I have been here,” senior Kylie Hall of Cosby said. “We had an amazing year. A lot of us have played with each other for years and years. This is something to remember for us and maybe give some respect to Cosby’s soccer.”
With it being the first time Cosby women’s soccer made an appearance in the state tournament, they made sure to make themselves known. The Lady Eagles managed a shutout of 7-0 before being defeated by Signal Mountain after giving all it could handle on a freezing and rainy night.
Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles could not grab another chance to get on the board after only having two shots on goal.
“Signal Mountain’s backline is tough to play against,” Groat said. “I have to give it to them. They made it challenging for us to get anything going. They don’t have a weakness in them and it frustrated us.”
Signal Mountain, however, executed 16 shots on goal and netted five goals as Daycee Weeks saved 11 of the shots to deny any chance of mercy rule.
“Daycee had tons of stops here tonight. That is why she has earned the recognition she has earned. There isn’t much more we could ask from here against a team like Signal Mountain,” Groat said.
The goals for Signal Mountain began in the fourth minute with Kennedy Ethridge knocking her goal into the right corner. Camilia Mincy followed her shortly after in the 14th minute for the 2-0 advantage.
Signal Mountain’s first half continued with two more goals late in the 30th minute and the 36th minute from Virginia Whitney and Ainsley Lane.
After scoring four goals in the first half, Cosby held Signal Mountain to one goal in the second half for a strong standing in the last 40 minutes of the season.
“We told our girls to keep fighting,” Groat said. “We didn’t want them to get down. We wanted them to give us another forty minutes of soccer and they did. They could have easily laid down, but they didn’t. They fought the rest of the way with what we had left.”
The fifth goal came in the 43rd minute counted as an own goal for the 5-0 lead that stood for Signal Mountain’s victory.
With the final defeat of the season coming from the defending Class A State Champions, the Lady Eagles knew they belonged and could very well be back soon.