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Braden Scott and the Collierville Dragons came up a win short of making it back to the state tournament.

After losing 2-1 to Houston in Thursday's region title game, Collierville was forced to travel three-plus hours to Clarksville on Saturday to play Rossview in a sectional game, the winner of which would move on to state.

If the Dragons would have beaten Houston, as they did the previous week for the district title, they would have hosted Arlington, a team they had already beaten 4-0, in the sectionals.

That's not the way it worked out, though, and Rossview beat Collierville 2-1 Saturday, ending Collierville's season at 14-6-1. Rossview advanced to this week's state tournament and Collierville finished a win away from making state for the third time in four seasons.

Thanks to an own goal in the first half, Collierville led 1-0 until Rossview scored the equalizer on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Collierville coach Gareth Munro did not like the call.

"That just changed everything," he said. "I think it rattled the kids a bit because we felt like the call was poor. It is what it is. It's not the first bad call I've had against me coaching and it won't be the last. It's just bad that it was in such an important game."

Both teams had other scoring opportunities in the second half.

"I didn't really feel like they (Rossview) were going to score," Munro said. "They had a couple of chances, but I felt like none of the chances were like, 'Hey, we should be worried just now.'"

With five minutes left in the second 10-minute overtime period Rossview scored what proved to the game-winner on a free kick.

Munro said the season, as a whole, was enjoyable, but the way things ended was hard to take.

"I know the kids had fun. The kids enjoyed the season and that's important, but I know the way the season ended it will always leave a sour taste in their mouth. That's just my perception of it ... I think they will always look back and think we could have done a little more if we would have a little more luck."