Smith County Lady Owls: Upperman, Smoky Mountain Cup, Macon County

September 6, 2021

The Lady Owls at The Smoky Mountain Cup in Gatlinburg

The Lady Owl Soccer team has been very busy.  On August 24th they travelled to Baxter to take on Upperman Lady Bees.  Despite Upperman being 2A, Smith County took them down 7-0 in a contest that saw the Lady Owls without a third of their team.  Smith County held the majority of possession throughout the game and saw five different Owls score, two of which netted two goals each.  Freshman Kiley Jenkins kicked off the scoring with an assist to Senior Biz Davis. Freshman Aubrey Felice and Sophomore Brooklyn Sensabaugh would get the the next two, only seven minutes apart. Jenkins would then book end the first half with her second goal.

The second half barely got underway before Senior Biz Davis found her way to the net and then she would return for a second goal.  The last goal of the game would come from Gracie Hendry with an assist going to Emma Swedlund.

The Lady Owls secured the win of 7-0 and headed back to Smith County to prepare for the weekend trip to Gatlinburg for the Smoky Mountain Cup.  The Smoky Mountain Cup is a tough competition with top teams from many states.  Smith County won their division last year so was moved up to a higher division this year.  The players knew this was going to be a weekend of battles but a great opportunity to face competition that would help them grow as a team.

Saturday brought the first match being against Calvary Christian School, KY.  Kiley Jenkins would put the first score on the board with an assist to Biz Davis.  Calvary would score the next two goals.  After much battling Gracie Green would tie up the score with an assist to Captain Biz Davis.  Unfortunately the final goal would be made by Calvary Christian, winning 3-2 over Smith County.  Calvary Christian would go on to place first in the division.

Saturday night the Lady Owls went up against Chuckey-Doak Lady Black Knights out of Greene County.  Smith County would win 2-1 with goals from Lizzie Harper, assist to Biz Davis and Aubrey Felice, assist also to Biz Davis.

Sunday after a long weekend of extreme heat and full sun, Smith County faced Anderson County, a 2A school out of Clinton, TN.  These two schools were battling for second place and it was a tough well matched battle from start to finish.  Ultimately the win would go to Anderson on a goal that was the result of a packed scuffle in front of the goal line that barely got across.  Such a great game, even though the Lady Owls would come home with a third place title, they found their grit, learned some lessons and are tougher for the experience.  

Thursday September 2nd Smith County will travel to Macon County, another 2A school that historically has been a tough competitor.

Thursday Night the Lady Owls travelled to Macon County to play the 2A Tigerettes.  Smith County packed their grit for this road trip.  The first half was well matched back and forth with no goals for either team.  The second half saw the Lady Owls dominate the field but still only finding the net once, but that would be enough to secure the win.  Half way into the second half Gracie Green would take a pass from Biz Davis and took her shot.  It was caught by Macon’s keep.  The goalie sent the ball back out short and Green picked the ball up on her boot and off she went on a direct route to the goal and sent the ball flying past the Goalkeeper.

Smith County is now sitting at 5-2 before even getting to district play, with six of those games being against 2A teams. This week the Lady Owls will kick off district play by being on the road to Watertown on September 7th and at York on September 9th.  This team is as tough as they come and show great leadership.  30 young ladies fighting for each other as One Team, Family.