HENDERSONVILLE - Thursday night’s District 10-AAA soccer match between the Station Camp Lady Bison and Hendersonville Lady Commandos was not supposed to be played at Drakes Creek, but life is all about handling adversity.
Handed a week’s worth of rain, Station Camp was unable to host the game as its field was deemed unplayable, resulting in the moving of the game to Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville.
“Give Station Camp all the credit in the world,” Hendersonville coach Russ Plummer said. “It’s a rival game and they agreed to move it over here because of the conditions; give them all the credit in the world. That says a lot about coach Cooke, coach Koumiss and their staff.”
The first 1/3 of the first half belonged to Station Camp as the Lady Bison led in time of possession, shots on goal and corner kicks. Midway through the first half, things changed for Hendersonville. The Lady Commandos controlled more balls at their feet, won more headers and routinely beat Station Camp to 50-50 balls.
Tied 0-0 heading to recess, it didn’t take long for the Lady Commandos to adjust and get the second half going in the direction they wanted it to go.
“We changed a little bit what we were trying to do,” Plummer said. “I probably over-coached them in the first half; give the girls credit they responded to it.”
Just over two minutes into the second half, Georgia Perry found the back of the net on a Carly Almaraz pass, beating Mary Allen McCormick to the back post for the 1-0 lead.
Up 1-0, Hendersonville continued to push the action, scoring its second goal with 22 minutes remaining.
Initially saving an Anabelle Procter goal, Station Camp’s McCormick could not get to the ricochet in time as Cameron Giles put the Lady Commandos up 2-0 in the 58th minute.
Station Camp, determined to make a game of this, scored just three minutes later when Michaela Nicholson maneuvered around the Hendersonville defense before eventually finding the back of the net with plenty of time remaining. Fending off the Lady Bison late-game attack, Hendersonville moved to 3-0 in district play. With one district game remaining, the Lady Commandos control their own destiny when they host Gallatin on Oct. 4 in the regular-season finale.
“I think that is everyone’s goal in the district is to be the number one seed,” Plummer added. “We have that opportunity; we have senior night against White House Heritage coming up, then we have our pink out night against Gallatin. So, there’s still a lot of things to play for.”
The loss drops Station Camp to 7-5-2 overall.
“We have to play harder,” Station Camp coach Jeremy Cooke said. “They are going to come with it every single game and we have to match that. We have to finish when we have our opportunities. They wanted it more than we did tonight - simple as that.”
The Lady Bison will travel to Beech on Monday, then host Hunters Lane for Senior Night on Oct. 2.