CLARKSVILLE Tuesday evening’s Region 5-AAA Tournament semifinal between Clarksville High and Station Camp High School lived up to the hype.
The defending Class AAA state champion had their hands full with the Lady Bison’s strong defense. However, Clarksville managed to score one goal in the first half and one in the second while holding their opponent scoreless, as the Lady Wildcats advanced to Wednesday evening’s regional championship match with a 2-0 victory at Hilda J. Richardson Field.
The Lady Wildcats (18-4) looked to be in great form with an offense that was moving the ball well and controlling the action for most of the game.
Senior Salera Jordan scored both Lady Wildcat goals on the night. Her first came in the 31st minute of the first half.
Ten minutes later, she struck again.
“This was an elimination game, so that always mean a lot,” Clarksville head coach Jeff Jordan said. “But we’ve earned two more games. That’s the main thing we get from (Tuesday’s) win, and of course, we get to play for the regional championship.”
Station Camp dropped its final two matches, including a 3-1 setback to Hendersonville in last Thursday’s District 9-AAA Tournament championship contest. Prior to that, the Lady Bison hadn’t lost since 1-0 setback to visiting Beech on Sept. 15
Tuesday also was the first region tournament game for Station Camp since 2011 when Henry County knocked off the Lady Bison in the semifinal round.
Station Camp hasn’t advanced to a region title game since 2010, when the Lady Bison claimed a 2-1 win over Henry County before suffering a 4-0 loss to Franklin in the sectional round.
Hendersonville handed Henry County a 5-3 setback in Tuesday’s other regional semifinal. That resulted in Clarksville traveling to Hendersonville for Wednesday’s regional title contest.
Both Hendersonville and Clarksville also earned a sectional berth, with the sectional matches being played on Saturday. Region winners host one of the eight Class AAA sectional matches on Saturday, while the regional runner-up teams must travel for their sectional contests.
Station Camp (14-5-4) mounted a strong defense against the Lady Wildcats, but the Lady Bison were shut out for the fourth time this season.
Clarksville has won four consecutive matches and 13 of its last 14 matches (with the lone blemish being a 3-2 loss at Ensworth on Oct. 1.)
“Hendersonville is a good team,” Jordan said of the regional final. “We were able to beat them 3-0 in an earlier matchup this season (at Clarksville on Sept. 17).
“We’re better than we played tonight. Station Camp made it hard on us this game. They were loaded up in the back. It took a lot of intricate passing to try to get through them.”
Station Camp loses just two seniors – Katelin Nagy and Megan Tracy.