The DeKalb Lady Tiger soccer team concluded pre-season play with a playday Saturday, inviting Cannon, White and Macon counties, as well as Livingston Academy, to compete in the day-long event.
The competition was based on a point system, with the winner of each quarter-long match up gaining three points, while the losing team received no points. In the event of a tie, both teams were awarded one point. The two leading teams met at the end of the day for a championship match, and the third-and-fourth-place teams faced off to decide the third place winner.
The Ladies from DeKalb came out on top of the heap, going undefeated on the day, while Macon took second after accumulating seven points. Livingston came in third with six points, and White was fourth with four points. Cannon County went 0 for 4, and finished the day in fifth place.
DeKalb faced Cannon County at 9 a.m. in the first game of the day, and the Woodbury team took a 5-1 beating from the Lady Tigers. Goalie Jessica Billings recorded three saves as goalie, while Angeles Soto put two goals in, one in the nineteenth minute and one in the twenty eighth. Haleigh Bass contributed a goal in the fourteenth minute, Jerica Braswell put one in in the thirteenth minute, and Sophie Hackett got the ball rolling by stuffing one in the net in the first minute of the game.
DeKalb took the field again at 11:40, this time meeting Macon County. The DeKalb ladies came out with a 2-0 win thanks in part to six saves by Billings, as well as a goal by Soto in the twenty-first minute and goals by both Bass and Nichole Walker in the twenty fourth. Bass also got an assist on the goal by Walker.
The Lady Tigers immediately returned to the field to face White County at 12:20, edging by the Warriors in a 1-0 game. Billings put in seven saves against the team from Sparta, while Bass scored the winning goal in the eleventh minute with an assist from Walker.
Livingston Academy stepped up to face DeKalb at 2:20, and the Lady Tigers came away with a 1-0 win over the Lady Blue Devils. Bass again scored the winning goal, this time with an assist by Soto. Billings continued to rack up saves, recording five against Livingston.
DeKalb returned at 4:20 to face Macon County again for the championship. The Lady Tigers gave Macon a 4-0 drumming in the championship game, with Billings stopping five for saves, Bass scoring goals in the twenty-fifth and twenty-ninth minutes, Soto scoring in the nineteenth minute, and Walker putting a free kick in the net in the sixteenth minute. Bass assisted Soto in scoring, and Walker gave Bass an assist in her goal during the twenty-fifth minute.
The team will begin season play tomorrow night, traveling to meet Cumberland County on their home turf, then will face York Institute at Vanhooser Stadium in Smithville for their first home game on Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m.