published Friday, November 4th, 2011

CAK tops CCS 3-0 in semifinal

Savanna Cingilli of Chattanooga Christian chases down Rachel Stone of Christian Academy of Knoxville at Chattanooga Christian in the first period on Thursday during the semifinal s of the girls' state soccer tournament.
Savanna Cingilli of Chattanooga Christian chases down Rachel Stone of Christian Academy of Knoxville at Chattanooga Christian in the first period on Thursday during the semifinal s of the girls' state soccer tournament.
Photo by Alex Washburn.

Chattanooga Christian girls' soccer coach Cal Sneller said last Saturday that the Class A/AA championship winner would have to go through the Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Hume-Fogg couldn't do it Wednesday.

Sneller's Lady Chargers couldn't do it Thursday in a season-ending 3-0 loss to the Lady Warriors.

"The difference is that I'm starting eight seniors and they've been in this match three times," CAK coach Ried Estus said. "We're just a little more composed, able to execute under pressure, and be calm about it."

CAK senior forward Kiah Allen scored two first-half goals, and senior midfielder Sara Dillon scored in the 67th minute.

"Kiah is just a goal scorer, and if you give her space, she's going to make you pay," Estus said. "CCS defended the heck out of her, but she got away twice."

Allen slipped past one defender along the end line and rifled a low shot between CCS keeper Lauren Pruitt and the near post from a difficult angle in the ninth minute of the game.

She scored again in the 37th minute by taking advantage of a mistake. Pruitt attempted a drop-kick out of the box that stayed low on its bounce due to the rain-soaked field. The ball hit CCS's Allie Sullivan in the leg and headed straight to Allen, who collected herself and hit a chip shot over Pruitt for a 2-0 lead.

"I'm known for drop-kicks, and when I expected it to bounce up it didn't," Pruitt said. "I didn't know [Allen] could hit it on frame. That was unlucky."

The Lady Chargers (19-4-2) had a few scoring opportunities but none that were easy. CCS recorded only two shots on goal compared to 11 for CAK (23-1-1), which advances to its fourth straight state championship game. The Warriors won in 2008 and '09.

Sullivan missed a free kick high and right from just outside the box in the 31st minute. Pruitt punted a ball that bounced into the other box that CAK keeper Maggie Piety covered like a fumble with CCS forward Anna Hoffman running on in the 46th minute.

Dillon's goal -- a rebound from Paige Hoffman's shot off the right post -- in the 67th minute essentially ended the contest.

"CAK is a really good team and we never finished," CCS senior Natalie Thedford said. "That was the biggest difference."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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