BGA state title girls soccer
The Battle Ground Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team upset the undefeated Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions 4-1 to take the TSSAA D-II A title Friday afternoon at Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.
 
This was the two rivals third meeting this season, with CPA taking the first two games.
 
 “As young as they are, this group matured very quickly,” said BGA head coach Jan Morrissey. “The togetherness and unified effort on defense in the postseason has been phenomenal.”
 
“This is not how I would have scripted it,” said CPA head coach Tom Gerlach. “It has been 743 days since this team lost. BGA did a good job to limit us to one goal, and they deserve to celebrate.”
 
BGA freshman Eva Schreiber got the Wildcats on the board 1-0 with a close-range rocket into the net in the 11th minute of the first half.
 
Five minutes later, CPA had an own goal to stretch the Wildcats lead 2-0.
 
In the 20th minute, Schreiber collected her second goal of the game on a header near the goal as the Wildcats boosted their lead 3-0.
 
“She (Eva) has a defender’s mindset,” said Coach Morrissey. “I told her that instead of being the person that stops all the goals, I need you to be the one that scores them.”
 
“This is a really great experience, especially coming in as a freshman, new to the school,” said Schreiber. “I am happy that I came (to this school).”
 
In the 55th minute, BGA sophomore Alyssa White punched the ball into the back of the net to extend the Wildcats lead 4-0.
 
With a little under nine minutes left in the game, a long-distance goal from CPA sophomore Caroline Betts sailed over the goalie's head for her 52nd goal of the year to cut the Wildcats lead 4-1.
 
The Lady Lions could not muster the comeback as BGA stayed strong to hold CPA scoreless the remainder of the game, winning their first title since 2014 (4-1).
 
“It was a joke for a while that these (titles) came as often as the locust come,” said Coach Morrissey. “They have proven that it can happen at any point now. With this group as young as they are, it makes the future very bright.”
 
CPA will return every player next year as their undefeated season comes to a close.
 
“We do not have a single senior on our roster, so we get to bring everyone back,” said Coach Gerlach. “It will be a fun year next year. This is an awesome group.”   

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