Collierville picked up perhaps its biggest win in more than a decade last Thursday.
Sydney Davis scored the game winner late in the game to lift the Lady Dragons over Houston 2-1 claim the region title.
Collierville had not beaten Houston since 2007, when this year’s seniors were in elementary school.
Two days later Elizabeth Slavinsky scored two goals to lead Collierville past Henry County 2-0 in a sectional game at home to put Collierville back in the state tournament.
While the Houston was huge, first-year Collierville coach Gareth Munro is making sure his team is keeping it in perspective.
“Immediately after the (Houston) game I told the kids it was an amazing accomplishment to win your first region champsionship in 12 years,” he said. “As much of a high as the kids were on we have to refocus because this is not what we’re playing for. We’re playing to win a state championship. Let’s try and take as much confidence as we can into the next game.”
Collierville (16-3) plays Stewarts Creek today at 7 p.m. in Murfreesboro in the Class AAA state quarterfinals. The state semifinals are Thursday and the title game is Saturday.
Houston, the defending state champs, are on the other side of the eight-team bracket, meaning a Houston-Collierville rematch in the title game is a possibility. Houston beat Collierville 1-0 in last year’s title game.
“I don’t want the kids thinking we’re the team to beat because we beat the defending state champs,” Munro said. “There are six other teams going to state. It’s not just about us and them. That’s just one step toward where we want to be ... I’m expecting anybody we play is going to be strong. You have to be a good team to get to state. There are a lot of good teams that didn’t even make it to state. The thing is, if we go into a game thinking anything other than that, it’s going to have a negative effect on how we play and what we do.”
Evangelical Christian School (15-5-3) and St. George’s (11-6-3) will also be in Murfreesboro this week looking to bring home a state title in DII-A. ECS plays Chattanooga Christian Thursday in one semifinal and St. George’s takes on Christ Presbyterian Academy in other. Both games start at 4:30 p.m. The title game is Friday at 6:30 p.m.
St. George’s beat Chattanooga Christian in last year’s title game.
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