GIRLS' SOCCER: Lady Bearcats defeat Spencer, close in on district's top seed

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By John Herndon

The Anderson County High School girls' soccer team took a major step toward the top seed in the 30th District Tournament when the Lady Bearcats won at Spencer County, 4-2, Monday night.

The Lady Bearcats control their own destiny in the seeding race, needing only to beat Shelby County next Friday night, Sept. 28. If the Lady Bearcats take care of business then, they will be the regular season district winner and will be seeded No. 1, regardless of what happens with any of the other district teams.

Anderson took a quick 2-0 lead, but saw Spencer rally to tie things early in the second half.

“We had lost focus and fallen apart,” Anderson coach Jason Earnest said. “We settled down and began to play again as we did in the first half, keeping possession and passing, creating chances.”

Madeline Wilson scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half to give the Lady Bearcats the lead back, then scored again five minutes later to put things away. Earnest said Wilson's second score came from 40 yards and that it was “a fantastic shot over the keeper's head.”

Anderson had scored in the first half when Makenzie Cann took a pass from Brittany Frith, then got one past the Spencer keeper from about 25 yards out, according to Earnest.

Anderson's Andrea Melanson also scored off a corner kick with an assist from Claire Prater.