The first half of the game saw a fired up Jacksonville team take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jordan Terry.
While Guntersville was able to get down within striking distance several times, the Lady Eagles were able to clear the ball out and keep the ball on the Guntersville side during most of the half.
In the second half, Guntersville was awarded their first goal on an own-goal by the Lady Eagles. On a corner kick the ball was deflected into the goal by one of the Lady Eagles and Guntersville had tied up the score.
A few moments later Guntersville scored on another strange play. On what was an apparent penalty, at least to many of the Lady Eagles who saw what happened and stopped play, the penalty was never whistled and Guntersville continued play, taking the ball down and scoring on a kick by Anna Tully.
While Jacksonville had some chances to score, the Guntersville defense kept the ball away from their goal to go on and win the game.
For the Lady Eagles, it was a disappointing way for a 16-3-1 season to end. The Lady Eagles in the final state poll had been ranked No.4.
Senior Sharon Osterbind commented on the game saying, “We lost a little energy in the second half and had some calls I didn’t agree with and I think that changed people’s attitudes a bit.”
Head Coach Sam Cain agreed that the let down in the second half might have been psychological. “I think the second half they got better organized than we did and started making better passes. We sort of got disconnected.
“After their first goal we started thinking too much. Their second goal we had been fouled and they carried on and scored and that right there just got us in a funk. It was more psychological; we lost our head for a moment.”
While the loss was tough to take it didn’t erase an awesome season for Jacksonville. Senior Sharon Osterbind, who will be taking her game to the next level playing soccer for UAB next year, led the team with 44 goals and 18 assists.
Virginia Poe also had an outstanding season with 37 goals and 17 assists.
Goalie Mattison Lowery had 112 saves; seven shutouts and averaged only 1.1 goals against per game.
Coach Cain had nothing but praise for his soccer team. “Our girls maintained a spirit of excellence from the first practice until the last game of the season and always strived to be excellent in every aspect of their lives. I am so proud of the heart and soul that each and every one of them displayed this season. The commitment and sacrifices they had to make over the last four months resulted in them being acknowledged as one of the best soccer teams to ever play at Jacksonville High School.”
Jacksonville says goodbye to five seniors who have all been instrumental in the Lady Eagles success. “The seniors were great leaders and role models for all of our underclassmen,” said Cain.
“The work ethic and values these young ladies were able to demonstrate on and off the field was key to our teams success.”
Osterbind, captain, has been playing for the Lady Eagles for six years. She has been named First –Team All-County six years, has been named All-State and Calhoun County Player of the Year. Osterbind also played on the North/South All-Star soccer team.
Osterbind has the distinction of being one of only five players in the state of Alabama to earn a Division I scholarship this year.
Kaila Green, captain, has also played for six years and has been named All-County for all six years.
Allison Judge, another senior captain, has been playing soccer for two years. Class valedictorian, Judge will be attending Millsaps College where she will play on the soccer team.
Seniors Natalie Gunter and Kenyatta Ervin played for the Lady Eagles for two years.