By MADISON BROWDER
Franklin’s defense played lights out Monday night against Independence to secure a spot in the District 12-AAA championship.
Bolstered by senior goalkeeper Holly Harris, the Lady Rebels eliminated Indy with a 1-0 victory in the semifinal bout at Summit. Junior defender Harper White also helped lead the way to set up a rematch with Brentwood, the only team the Lady Rebels lost to in the regular season.
“It wasn’t our best game, last time we played [Independence] it was a very sloppy game like [tonight’s game], but I think we all fought really hard and it was a very tough game,” said White, a Clemson commit. “We got a goal early, so that helped a lot and we defended more and more throughout the game.
Franklin head coach Mike Burgoyne said he’s looking forward to a rematch with the Lady Bruins.
“That was a game that we lost early in the season,” he stated. “We looked at that game, and had a really good season up to that point and then continued to have success. That game [against Brentwood] cost us the district regular-season championship. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Franklin’s lone goal against Independence came courtesy of junior Jaydn Cook, who sent the ball sailing over the head of Lady Eagles goalie Peyton Powell in the 35th minute.
The lone goal of the night came courtesy of junior Jaydn Cook who sent the ball sailing over the head of Lady Eagles goalie Peyton Powell in the 35th minute.
“We had a hard time breaking through,” Independence head coach David Cordero de Jesus said. “The girls fought and just missed out on a couple of good chances, and a couple bounces this way or that way and it’s a bit of a different game.”
Franklin’s District 12-AAA title matchup against Brentwood will be played at Summit Wednesday night.
2017 All District 12-AAA Team
Player of the Year
Harper White (Franklin)
Coach of the Year
Kersta Mello (Brentwood)
Goalkeeper of the Year
Kate Devine (Brentwood)
Most Valuable Offensive Player
Avery McMullen (Centennial)
Most Valuable Defensive Player
Sydney Hammond (Independence)
Addie Puskar (Brentwood)
Brentwood: Hayley Jordan, Mandy Hamm, Natasha Kusibab, Emma Rutherford, Elle Scott
Centennial: Rachel Gray, Isabella Distefano, Emma Leasure
Franklin: Jessica Bissinger, Sara Casey, Caroline DeFranco, Maddie Ash
Independence: Selena Barnett, Kate Katzman, Peyton Powell, Audrey Nicholls
Ravenwood: Sarah Cloud, Ana Bridgeman, Savannah Hill
Summit: Natalie Rolen, Emma Nieman, Addison Johnson