For the first time in Lady Wave soccer history, Gallatin advanced to the Class AAA Sectional round.
Ultimately the Lady Wave fell to host Brentwood 5-0 this past Saturday, October 26, but it was the experience and history-making that coach Greg Harper and his team are focusing on.
“Yes the girls were sad and disappointed that our season was over because we did want to get to the state tournament and give ourselves a shot at winning the whole thing,” Harper said. “But, there was a lot of joy after the game. We always talk about making sure the other team across from the field beats us, and that is what happened Saturday. They [Brentwood] are the number one team in the state for a reason. Overall they are solid from top to bottom and I think they have a great chance to win the whole thing. I don’t think they have any weaknesses.”
Gallatin played three of the state’s best in Class AAA this year in Bearden, Houston, and Brentwood. Of the three, Harper says there is no doubt the Lady Bruins are the best team they have faced all season.
“It’s just a different style than the other two teams [Bearden and Houston],” he said. “They are really, really good. Unfortunately, that is the team that we drew in the sectional round. There is no doubt they are the better team. They are undefeated for a reason.”
The Lady Wave secured team history when they defeated Mt. Juliet in the Region 5-AAA semifinal round. The 3-2 win over the Lady Bears was something that Harper thinks his team can use as a springboard for years to come.
“Getting that win gave us so much confidence and momentum,” he added. “The girls fought really hard and I think that win is a byproduct of the hard work and sacrifice we put into this season. I was very proud of the girls and their fight to win that game and get us to this point.”
Gallatin is poised to make another run at state next season, losing just two seniors off of this year’s team. That said, make no mistake about it, this year’s senior class is one that Harper will miss greatly.
“Camila Gomez and Abby DeGlopper we will miss greatly,” Harper said. “Camilia played in every game since freshman year. She was that type of player you knew what you were going to get from her every night. She gave great leadership leading by example, and our players took note of that and followed her. She has probably played more minutes than anyone who has ever played for me.
“Abby was a backup forward for us but the most important thing was her attitude and how much she cared for her teammate,” Harper continued. “She was a great leader for us and kept the girls motivated. She is a phenomenal locker room presence. I couldn’t ask for a better player and teammate. She did all the things you are supposed to do as a senior leader. Her and Camila left the program in better shape than they found it and I’m grateful to them for that. Those qualities will serve them a long way down the road.”