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Makenzie Cann’s hat trick not only ended a long goal drought for the Anderson County girls’ soccer team Monday night, it also sent the Bearcats into the 30th District final.
The junior forward’s three goals propelled Anderson County to a 3-0 victory over Shelby County in the district tournament semifinals at Collins. The Bearcats (8-10-3) will face Spencer County (6-12) at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the district title match.
Spencer upset Collins in the second semi-final match, winning a penalty-kick shootout.
Cann’s first career hat trick also ended a five-match streak in which Anderson failed to score a goal.
“They were motivated, they were ready to play,” Anderson County Coach Jason Earnest said of his team.
The last time the Bearcats had scored a goal in regulation play was when Madeline Wilson scored in a 2-1 loss at Franklin County on Sept. 19.
However Cann, who came into the postseason leading Anderson in goals (10) and assists (six), made sure the Bearcats ended that streak early against the Rockets, whom they beat in a shootout Sept. 28 in Shelbyville.
The standout for the Anderson girls’ basketball team tallied in the first two minutes against Shelby County after receiving a feed from junior forward Carrie Isaacs.
“She’s a talented athlete,” Earnest said. “She has the feel for the game, no matter what the sport is.”
The 6-foot Cann added her second with 8:06 to play in the first half when she received a feed from freshman defender Lindsay Chelf in front of the Rockets’ goal, kept the Shelby defender Callie Greiner (who is almost a foot shorter than Cann) at bay, then turned, shot and scored.
“It was like I was backing her down [in the post],” Cann said.
Cann capped off her hat trick with her final goal with 2:53 to play after getting loose in front of Shelby’s goal, then converting a pass from freshman midfielder Autumn Miller.
“I got good passes,” Cann said.
Now the Bearcats will see if they can win the district title. They’ve already beaten Spencer once this season. Anderson beat the Bears 4-2 Sept. 17 behind two goals from Madeline Wilson and one goal each from Cann and Andrea Melanson.
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