Smoky Mountain’s soccer team ended the regular season with a 3-0 Senior Night victory over Franklin on May 1 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
The Lady Mustangs (6-10, 3-7) finished fifth in the Mountain Six Conference and avenged an earlier 3-2 loss at Franklin.
Anna Morgan scored twice, and Lynsey Youmans had two assists.
“We played really well,” Coach Mark Sides said. “We had a good first half although there were a few minor issues defensively. The effort was there. We were connecting on passes and getting a lot of shots off.”
SM took 23 shots to Franklin’s 10. The Lady Panthers took just two shots in the second half. Willow Messer made five saves for the Lady Mustangs, and Franklin’s Sidonia Morales had nine.
“Willow came up big with a couple of good saves in the first half,” Sides said.
Morgan opened the scoring with an assist from Shea Sutton at the 11:32 mark for the only goal of the first half.
Sutton took the ball to the corner, and passed it to Morgan, who beat a defender and shot with her left foot from about 25 yards out.
A header by Eliza Macaulay made it 2-0 at the 66:48 mark. The play started with Youmans’ corner kick. Macaulay headed a shot once, got the rebound and headed it in.
“It was great to see Eliza score on Senior Night,” Sides said.
Morgan concluded the scoring three minutes later with a header off of Youmans’ corner kick.
“We did a much better job defensively in the second half,” Sides said. “We were pressuring them so much that we either maintained possession or were getting possession back quickly.”
Sides is pleased with the progress his team has made throughout the season.
“We’ve done a lot of great things this season,” he said. “We’ve improved a lot. It may not show on our record, but it was good to see them get a win from all that hard work.”