MOTLOW SOCCER TAKES REGION CROWN OVER SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE

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Photo courtesy of motlowsports.com

The Motlow State Lady Bucks fought the chill of a cold rain and a determined squad from Southwest Tennessee to win their second region crown in a row by a 3-2 score.  Alexandra Rouse would score her second goal of the day at the 71:32 minute mark of the second half for the game winner.  Rouse would be selected the tournament's Most Vaulable Player as she scored two goals in the contest.

The teams advanced to the championship game by defeating newcomers Dyersburg State and Columbia State, both squads in their inaugural season.  Dyersburg as the #4 seed took Motlow to task on Thursday afternoon as the Lady Bucks came out 1-0 in overtime.  A Tyler Feaster goal at the 99 minute mark was the game winner.  Columbia would take the fight to Southwest as well, but came out on the short end of 2-0 final.  Thaina Aperecida de Paula would score a goal midway through the second half, and Juliane Guimarraes Alcantara would added an insurance goal late for the Lady Saluquis. 

In the championship game, Megan Blumhoefer would put Motlow up with a goal at the 22 minute mark of the first half.  Southwest's Katie Smith would answer the goal with her own almost six minutes later, and both squads would head to the locker rooms tied at 1 after the first half.  Smith would break through again in the second half as she game the Lady Saluquis the lead 1-0 at the 47:32 mark of the second half.  Rouse would tie it for Motlow 45 seconds later with her own goal.  It would stay that way for the next 23 minutes until Rouse found the back of the goal again on an assist by Feaster.  

Motlow now advances to the Central District where they will play Lewis & Clark in the first semifinal in Godfrey, Illinois.  Lewis & Clark are currently ranked #6 in the latest NJCAA poll.  Lewis & Clark is also the host for the district championship.