Melanie Hoyle

Melanie Hoyle scored Smoky Mountain’s first goal in last week’s 8-2 state playoff loss at Owen.

Camryn Bolick scored four goals leading eighth-seeded Owen to an 8-2 victory over 25th-seeded Smoky Mountain on May 7 in the first round of the state 2-A soccer playoffs at Owen.

“It’s hard against a team like that,” Coach Mark Sides said. “You don’t know how much they have because they haven’t played that many competitive teams.”

The Warlassies entered the game 15-2-1, but they were the lowest seed among conference champions in the western half of the bracket.

“They moved the ball really well,” Sides said. “They got up and down the field. They moved the ball up the sideline well and crossed it in. We had a hard time adjusting to that.”

Owen dominated in shots 32-13. Willow Messer made 13 saves for the Lady Mustangs (6-11). Amaya Abilla had nine for the Warlassies.

“Most of the girls on their team had no problem going to the ball,” Sides said. “They were there to challenge the 50/50 balls.”

Bolick opened the scoring at the 10:47 mark, and teammate Carly Campbell connected at 14:39.

Melanie Hoyle put SM on the board at the 19:29 mark cutting the gap to 2-1. Anna Morgan had the assist.

“We connected with two or three passes before we got the ball to Melanie, and she had a good finish,” Sides said.

Owen needed just 46 seconds to get that goal back as Bolick made it 3-1.

The Warlassies led 4-1 at halftime after Mattie Lehman scored at the 30:43 mark.

Owen broke the game open with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half building the margin to 7-1. Kayla Roseman scored at the 41:39 mark. Bullock’s final two goals came at 46:48 and 49:41.

Morgan’s penalty kick after Shea Sutton was fouled in the box left the deficit 7-2 at the 68-minute mark.

The Warlassies scored on an own goal at the 71:47 mark

“We looked a little tired on the field,” Sides said. “That could have just been from how well they moved the ball.”

Despite the losing record, Sides saw some bright spots throughout the year.

“For most of the season we did a lot better than our record indicates,” he said. “Willow got better over the course of the season. She had big shoes to fill after Lucy Miller graduated.”

He said the seniors will be missed next year. They are Sutton , Eliza Macaulay, Lynsey Youmans and Brianna Monteiro.