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Lady Bucs fall short in district final
Douglas Fritz • Updated Oct 12, 2017 at 9:11 PM
University High had a district soccer title within its sights, but Chuckey-Doak had the late-game answers.
Kaleigh Norton scored on a header off a corner kick to tie the game in the 57th minute, and Brooke Morgan hit one off the left post and into net for the game-winner in the 75th minute.
The scores gave the Lady Black Knights a 3-2 win over the Lady Buccaneers in the District 1-A championship at Civitan Park on Thursday night.
Both teams advance to next week's region tournament with UH (7-4-1) traveling Tuesday to play Alcoa at 7 p.m. Doak will play host to Cosby, a 5-0 loser to Alcoa.
Morgan said she knew her shot wasn't going to be an easy one.
"It was at an odd angle, and coach always tells me, 'Brooke, you can shoot those odd angles,' and I just believe in her, and myself, and my teammates," said Morgan. "When it went off that back post and went in, I was just so stoked."
Morgan's goal broke the tie, but UH head coach Dan Almond said it was Norton's goal that changed the course of the contest.
"I think they earned the win with that particular goal," said Almond. "No. 11 is their best player and we should have had her marked. We had a lapse there and didn't have her marked, and she did what she does: She scored a goal."
University High twice took leads in the game with Makenna Oiler scoring in the 35th minute for a 1-0 edge. However, Erica Lamb had an answer just two minutes later to tie the game heading into halftime.
The Lady Buccaneers regained the lead when Gracie Somich perfectly placed a 30-yard free kick just under the crossbar.
Girls Soccer District Tournament: 13-0 final at half! Go, Bucs, Go! UH will face Chuckey Doak in conference finals on Thursday, October 12th, at 6:30, at Civitan. Calling ALL Bucs fans!!! Come out and support our lovely Lady Bucs!
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UH cruises into District 1-A final; Lady Cyclones bumped from 1-AA bracket
Douglas Fritz • Updated Oct 10, 2017 at 10:47 PM
University High kept its season alive in Class A.
Elizabethton, facing the two-time defending Class AA girls soccer state champion, wasn't so fortunate.
The Buccaneers knocked home 13 first-half goals — six of them by Sara Robinson — to end the District 1-A semifinal early against Hampton on Tuesday at Civitan Park. Winning 13-0, UH advanced to play host to Chuckey-Doak in Thursday's championship game at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, in District 1-AA, Elizabethton couldn't hold up against Greeneville in a 7-0 season-ending semifinal loss. Greeneville will meet Sullivan Central in Thursday's title match.
UH 13, Hampton 0
Robinson scored a double-hat trick to lead the Lady Buccaneers. She also had two assists.
Makenna Oiler accounted for three goals while Sam Grillo pounded two into the net. Grace Moreland and Lizzie Burns rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.
Gracie Somich added two assists.
In goal, Liv Saucier earned her fifth shutout of the season. This is the third straight district finals appearance for UH.
"I'm happy with the fortitude and perseverance this squad has shown moving into the postseason," said UH head coach Dan Almond. "We are extremely excited to see what we can accomplish as a team moving forward."
Our High School Girls' Soccer team will be hosting the District Tournament on Tuesday, October 10th, vs. Hampton, at 6:30 p.m. Come out and support our Lady Bucs!
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University High girls soccer
University High clobbers West Greene, 8-0
Tanner Cook • Updated Sep 28, 2017 at 10:01 PM
University High's seniors delivered a huge performance Thursday night as the Lady Jr. Bucs shut out the West Greene Buffaloes 8-0 and wrapped up first place in the conference for the third straight year.
"It's always good to get first place in the conference because we get to host and not have to travel," said University High coach Dan Almond. "We know that Chuckey-Doak will challenge us and I think we're ready for it."
Senior Sarah Robinson had a monster night with four goals. Fellow senior Gracie Somich had a hat trick with three goals, all within the first 20 minutes of the match.
Furthermore, Robinson and Somich each tallied an assist.
"It's huge having these seniors and it has been a blessing. I'm going to miss them next year," said Almond.
Junior Samantha Grillo rounded out the scoring for UH, finding the back of the net on an assist from Becca Burns.
The Jr. Bucs played fantastic defense all night and attacked early and often, exceeding 20 shots on the night.
Eighth-grader Olivia Saucier got the start in goal and performed nicely with a pair of saves in the second half to keep the shutout alive.
University High's ladies will host their last two games of the year at Civitan Park against Sullivan Central on Oct. 3 and against Tennessee High on Oct. 5.
The Central match is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Jr. Bucs are the defending district champions and hosts the tournament beginning on Oct. 9. UH will take on the No. 4 seed.
Pictured above - Freshman Olivia Ares outruns a West Greene defender to the ball.
October 3rd Game: 2-0 halftime (Central up) with Central winning 3-2. Two second half goals by Sarah Robinson assisted by Grace Moreland and Sam Grillo. 8th grade sensation Olivia Saucier had 26 saves in goal.
The following week UH as number one seed hosts District Tournament starting Tuesday, October 10th, vs. Hampton at 6:30 p.m.
Go, Bucs, Go!
Congratulations to our Lady Bucs Soccer team! While most of us have been enjoying Fall Break, our ladies have been working hard winning several games!
September 28th news: Senior night at Summers Taylor stadium at ETSU. 4-0 halftime and 8-0 final. Win clinches first place heading into playoffs for the third consecutive year. Sarah Robinson scored 4 goals and added a Assist. Gracie Somich had a hat trick and added a Assist. Sam grillo also scored with a Assist from Becca Burns. Olivia Saucier had a shutout with two saves on the night. Next home game is Tuesday vs Sullivan Central at 6:30 at Civitan with playoffs starting the next Tuesday vs the #4 seed.
September 26th news: Pink night for donations for breast cancer research. 7-0 first half with 9-0 final. Several players got on the scoresheet tonight. Makenna Oiler 3 goals, 2 assists. Sarah Robinson with a beautiful free kick from 30 yards out in the first half finished with 3 goals and a Assist, Sam Grillo with 1 Goal and 1 Assist. Kate McClanahan with one goal and one assist and Freshman Olivia Ares scored her first goal of the season. The 9-0 win keeps UH at the top of the conference with playoffs starting in two weeks. UH will finish their final conference game vs West Greene Thursday for senior night at ETSU stadium at 6:30.
September 14th news: Home game vs Chuckey Doak
#1 vs # 2 in the district.
1-1 at half with goal from Gracie Somich. In second half Gracie also converted a PK to make it 2-1. Later Sam Grillo slotted home a goal to put the final at 3-1. Makenna Oiler tallied a Assist while Olivia Saucier had 14 saves. The win puts University High at the top of the district moving into the final two district games with Hampton High school on September 26th and West Greene on September 28th.
This places UH top of the conference based on away goals. Next game will be on Tuesday, September 5th, vs Sullivan Central at 6:30p.m.
Great job team!
Congratulations to our HS Soccer Girls who played West Greene on Thursday, August
24th. It was 5-0 at the half and ended in an 8-0 victory for our Lady Bucs!
Gracie Somich 2 Assists, 2 Goal
Sara Robinson 3 Goals
Sam Grillo 1 assist. 1 Goal
Grace Moreland 1 Goal
Kate McClanahan. 1 Goal 1 Assist
Breann Metcalf. 1 assist
Makenna Oiler. 1 Assist
Lizzie Burns. 1 Assist
Liz Burns and Liv Saucier split a shutout in Goal. The next game will be at Chuckey Doak (we are the top two teams in the conference currently) on Tuesday, August 29th, at 6:30p.m.
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High school notes
Football schedule says Week 3 is very important
Douglas Fritz • Updated Yesterday at 10:20 PM
UH soccer's different look
University High is in a new world. The Lady Buccaneers always stood their ground against teams like Elizabethton and Sullivan South, but they don't have to deal with those Class AA teams anymore in a league setting.
Their biggest league rival in Class A will be Chuckey-Doak, which, like UH, was a solid team in Class A-AA prior to this year. The first meeting, set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Chuckey-Doak, should be an interesting tone setter for the season.
"I see it as kind of like the D-B and Science Hill of Class A," said UH head coach Dan Almond. "But D-B and Science Hill are more evenly matched. Chuckey-Doak is one of the biggest schools in Class A, and we're one of the smallest. But when we've played them in the past it has always been a very competitive game. It wouldn't surprise me if we saw them for the conference championship or the region championship."
UH is 3-0 on the season, 2-0 in District 1-A. Doak is 2-0 in the league and 2-2 overall.
Congratulations to our Lady Bucs Soccer team for their over-whelming victory over Hampton, score 5-0 at Half and 9-0 victory.
Gracie Somich 3 Assists, 1 Goal, Sara Robinson 1 Assist, 4 Goals, Sam Grillo 2 Goals, Kate McClanahan 1 Goal, Breann Metcalf 1 Goal, Makenna Oiler 2 Assists, and Grace Voudrie 1 Assist. Liz Burns and Liv Saucier split a shutout in Goal. Next game at West Greene on Thursday, August 24th, at 7:00 p.m., which is a conference game as well.
Way to go, Bucs!