JACKSON, Miss. After a strong defensive showing and 1-0 lead at halftime, Lamar girls soccer was off to a hot start as they faced Hartfield Academy in the MAIS Division II title game.
With a championship on the line, Hartfield entered the final 40 minutes with newfound intensity on both offense and defense. The Lady Hawks went on to score four unanswered goals and secure a 4-1 win in the MAIS Division II state championship game.
The Lady Raiders finished 11-7 on the year with a perfect 6-0 district record under first year head coach Nina Galindo. The team, which consisted of no seniors, beat St. Aloysius and Starkville Academy this past Tuesday and Thursday to earn their spot in Saturday’s title game.
Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, Hartfield's offensive pressure in the second half proved too much. The Lady Hawks second half goals came in the 46th and 54th minutes to give them a 2-1. Only trailing by one, Lamar had 26 minutes to try and even up the score again.
After a back and froth battle from both team's, Hartfield scored back-to-back goals in the 73rd and 74th minutes to take a 4-1 lead that Lamar would not be able to catch.
Goalkeeper Bayleigh Brent, who had a stellar performance in the semifinal game against Starkville, finished with nine saves for Lamar.
The Lady Raiders' also had three players in defender/sweeper Anna Claire Hutchinson, forward Anniston Monsour and forward/midfielder Emma Kate Uithoven who were named All-MAIS Division II.
With all players expected to return next season, the Lady Raiders will look to improve in the offseason in hopes of claiming the 2020 title.