MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet rallied from an early deficit to tie the homeschool Middle Tennessee Golden Eagles 4-4 Monday night.
The Eagles, based out of Lebanon, led 3-0 at halftime.
Lauren Whitmire began the Lady Bears’ comeback in the seventh minute of the second half with an unassisted score. Savanah Collins connected a minute later on an assist by Julia Duggan. Whitmire struck again in the 20th minute on a Destini Oldham assist to tie the score.
Middle Tennessee broke the tie in the 22nd minute before Nataya Wade re-tied the count unassisted in the 2th minute.
“We played slow in the first half and did not pressure the ball, which allowed them to score three goals,” Mt. Juliet coach Ryan Hill said after his Lady Bears moved to 6-8-1. “In the second half we controlled the tempo and gave ourselves a lot more chances to score. I was proud of us coming back from being down 3-0. The girls could have given up, but did not.”
Mt. Juliet will travel to first-year Stewarts Creek in Rutherford County on Thursday in the Lady Bears’ regular-season finale. The District 9-AAA meeting will be held Friday with the tournament to start Saturday at Gallatin.
Bad second half drops MJCA 7-4
MT. JULIET — Davidson Academy left Mt. Juliet Christian in the distance in the second half Monday night as the Lady Saints succumbed to the Lady Bears in their home and season finale 7-4.
The Lady Saints led 3-2 at halftime before Davidson used a 5-1 second to pull away and drop Mt. Juliet Christian to 5-7 while the Lady Bears improved to 2-6.
“It’s never easy to lose, especially with today’s game being our last home game and regular season game,” first-year Mt. Juliet Christian coach Heather Anderson said. “We have to keep our heads up, fix a few things in the middle and prepare for our tournaments that begin on Saturday. DCA has proven to be a tough team, but I believe we can be tougher.”
Marcella Gallione scored a hat trick for Mt. Juliet Christian while Amanda Wall added the fourth goal. Allison Mahabir managed two assists and Gallione and Kayla Schildt one each.
Olivia Gonzales totaled 20 saves for the Lady Saints.