The Lady Rebels dropped a heartbreaker 2-1 to Sayre School of Kentucky in the final.
South opening the tournament Friday with a 3-0 win over Perry Central, also from Kentucky. Lady Rebels goalkeeper Hope Heister earned the shutout behind a stellar defensive effort from her back line. Taylor Lane, Rachel Phillips and Abby Clark notched goals in the opener.
On Saturday, the Lady Rebels built a 4-1 lead over Knox Halls before beating back a furious rally by the Lady Red Devils. South eventually prevailed 4-3 to earn a berth in Sunday’s championship contest.
Phillips, with an assist from Lane, gave the Lady Rebels a 1-0 lead against Halls. The Lady Red Devils tied the contest moments later and then South’s Lane again put her team on top with a shot from 40 yards out. Phillips once more found the net, giving the Lady Rebels a 3-1 lead at the half.
As the second half opened, Lane placed a free kick on the foot of teammate Sierra Deering, who deftly slipped the ball into the Halls net for what appeared to be a commanding 4-1 advantage for South.
Halls responded with two goals over the span of the next 10 minutes to narrow the gap to 4-3.
Led by defenders Annette Oudom and Molly Topping, South’s back line kept the Lady Red Devils in check the rest of the way and the Lady Rebels came away with a hard-earned victory.
Sunday’s championship contest was played in a steady downpour, but the weather failed to slow the skilled Sayre School.
Scoring both its goals in the first half, Sayre held the Lady Rebels at bay until Lane assisted on a goal by Phillips with six minutes left in the game to bring South to within 2-1. But the Lady Rebels could not come up with the equalizer and settled for a runner-up finish.
South will host Happy Valley on Thursday in its conference opener.