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Lady Lions Finish Runners-Up in State

The Lady Lions from Christ Presbyterian Academy fought their way through tough competition on their quest for a state title, but in the end fell by a single goal to the defending champions.

CPA opened the 2016 TSSAA Class A/AA state tournament at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro on Wednesday with a quarterfinal match against Grace Christian Academy.

It was the first appearance in the state tournament for the Knox Grace.  The Rams finished with a 21-1-0 record.

GCA was led by Arkansas commit Allie Long, who holds the TSSAA record for most goals in a season (76), and tied for most career goals (215).  The task of marking the GCA star fell to CPA sophomore Megan Lewis.  She was more than up to the task, stifling Long, holding her to no shots.

The game’s only goal came in the 11th minute.  CPA’s star senior Sarah Sievertsen broke away for an unassisted goal - her 19th of the season.  The Lady Lions would hold on to the 1-0 margin and advance to the semifinals.

Awaiting them was the Chargers from Chattanooga Christian.

The Lady Lions were very familiar with the Chargers. CCS ended the Lions season last year in the quarterfinals.  That game went scoreless for 110 minutes.  The Lady Lions would lose that game on penalty kicks 4-2.

This year was another defensive struggle.  The game went scoreless for the first 53 minutes before Sievertsen again was able to find the back of the net, this time from 25 yards out.  Her shot deflected off a CCS defender and got pass the goalkeeper for Sievertsen’s 20 goal of the year.

That was all the Lady Lions would need, thanks in part to the excellent play of CPA goaltender Kayla Wegner.  The freshman made two incredible saves to earn the shutout, her 16th of the season.  CPA moved on to the finals with another 1-0 victory.

In the finals, the Lady Lions faced the defending champion Greene Devils from Greenville.

The Greene Devils defeted CCS 4-1 to win the 2015 state crown and came into this game with just one loss on the year.

Both teams played well, with lots of end-to-end action resulting in good scoring chances.

But neither team was able to score until the 73rd minute when a shot from just outside the penalty area got past Wegner.

Despite a frantic effort in the games closing minutes, the Lady Lions were unable to get the equalizer and finished the tournament runners-up.

The tournament run ended a great year for the Lady Lions.  They finished the season with a 20-5-2 record. Greeneville ended the season with a 26-1 record.

Sievertsen led the team in scoring and Wegner was outstanding in goal for CPA.

Also having a strong tournament for the Lady Lions were senior Anna Avinger and sophmores Molly Thorne and Megan Lewis.