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Lady Eagles look to clinch sectional berth with win tonight

2012 NPT FILE PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER
Cosby's Megan Large in action during last Thursday's Region 1-A/AA quarterfinal win over University High. The Lady Eagles play at Greeneville tonight at 6 p.m.
Published: 4:03 PM, 10/23/2012 Last updated: 4:15 PM, 10/23/2012
 

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-Everything is on the line tonight for the Cosby High School Lady Eagles.

Their season and hopes for a TSSAA Class A/AA Sectional berth all ride on 80 minutes of intense soccer when they tackle No. 2 seed Greeneville in the Region 1-A/AA semifinals tonight.

No. 3 seed Cosby takes to the pitch against the Lady Devils in the 6 p.m. match at Bellamy Soccer Park in Greeneville. The winner will advance to Thursday night's Region 1-A/AA Championship game against the winner of No. 1 Elizabethton and No. 4 Chuckey-Doak and also claim an appearance in a sectional round game on Saturday.

It's the second consecutive season that the Lady Eagles have made an appearance in a regional semifinal affair. Last year, Cosby fell to No. 2 seed Elizabethton by a 2-1 score.

Tonight's affair will be a tough task for Cosby (11-3-1), who fell victim to Greeneville by a 3-1 score on August 30. The two teams were tied at halftime after a goal by Brooke Schreder, but the Lady Devils were able to put two goals on the board in the second half to pull away for the win.

"I'm looking for a really tough battle and a physical game," Cosby coach Ken Greene said after last Thursday night's overtime win against University High.

The Lady Eagles survived that physical game over University High with a golden goal by sophomore Madison Norris in the final minutes of the fourth and final overtime period of the night. After the draining win, the Lady Eagles took Friday off from practice, but made their way back to the field on Monday to prepare for tonight's match-up.

It will be a tough team to match up with, as an experienced Greeneville team plays a highly successful brand of soccer. Greeneville sports a 7-7-2 record entering Tuesday night's game, but sport an impressive resume in spite of their .500 record.

The Lady Devils have played Class AAA schools Maryville and Jefferson County tight and fell to perennial Class A/AA state championship contender CAK by a 3-1 score.

Greeneville holds an 82-6 goal differential margin against Class A/AA opponents this fall.

"(Greeneville) plays a very disciplined game," Green said. "They like to stay in a zone and work each other.

"They were likely be a lot of drops and things like that," Green said. "We will definitely be working on things like that."

Despite the imposing force that Greeneville will provide, Green said that that will prove no factor for his team, who will enter the match knowing that they can compete with the Lady Devils.

"They scare me sometimes, because they get a little overconfident," Green said. "I do what I can to bring them back to earth and they do everything they can do to show me that they can back up their emotions and their talk."

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