By Ken Lay
Powell High School’s girls soccer team celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 victory over rival Halls Thursday at Powell Middle School.
The win gave the Lady Panthers the District 3-AAA regular-season title and a first-round bye in the district tournament, which opens on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Powell (11-2-3 overall, 8-0 in the district) will prepare for the tournament with a pair of tough non-district matches against Farragut and Hardin Valley Academy. Powell will host the Lady Admirals Tuesday and travel to take on the Lady Hawks on Thursday night.
“If you’re going to get out of our region [Region 2-AAA], you’ll have to beat teams like Hardin Valley and Farragut and that’s why I scheduled these games this way,” Powell coach Mark Smith said. “You have to play the teams in District 4 if you want to get out of Knoxville.
“The top teams over there are Bearden, Farragut, Hardin Valley and Maryville.”
Powell lost to the Lady Rebels 2-0 in August and didn’t play District 4-AAA Champion Bearden.
The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Hawks played to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night at HVA. The Lady Admirals beat the Lady Hawks 3-1 earlier in the season and will be the second seed in the upcoming District 4-AAA Tournament.
Against the Lady Devils, Powell’s Raygan Scarbrough and Rachel Ross each had a goal and an assist. The Lady Panthers also got a marker from Taylor Dawson, which was assisted by Ashlyn Miller.
At halftime against Halls, Powell honored seniors Taylor Poe and Olivia Andrews.
“They are both good girls and they do great at school,” Smith said of his two seniors, who played on last year’s squad that reached the Region 2-AAA Tournament.