The Lady Golden Eagles fell in a heartbreaker to Guntersville 2-1 after leading by a goal earlier in the match.
“They are the ones we always run into every year,” Jacksonville coach Sam Cain said. “Guntersville and Jacksonville are the two public schools that are fighting to get into the semifinals every year. We just haven’t made it yet because they are the ones in our way.”
When the game started, it didn’t take long for Jacksonville to find the back of the net.
With a little less than eight minutes off the clock, Sharon Osterbind took a pass at midfield and cut through two defenders for a one-on-one oppurtunity with the Guntersville goalkeeper, but the shot was blocked.
However, Jordan Terry, a junior, collected the loose ball and planted it in the back of the net.
This lone goal stood for the Lady Golden Eagles as they look a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Guntersville answered in the opening minutes of the second half as a Jacksonville own goal tied the game.
“I think their attack got to us when we were playing on our heels,” Cain said. “Our minds were thinking about the own goal more than planning what we could do. We were thinking about them instead of our play. I just think the second half, we got out of our rhythm of playing soccer like we were the first half.”
Jacksonville had golden opportunities for the equalizer, but a header by Osterbind hit the post and one by Terry went over the goal.
Also, a diving catch by Guntersville’s goalkeeper prevented a shot from going in with a little more than three minutes remaining.
“They’re a good team,” Cain said. “What happens is every year we lose to the state champions or state runner-up.”