Lady Eagles fall to Glenwood in title game

Published 1:38 pm Monday, April 15, 2013

MONTGOMERY – For nearly 86 minutes, Fort Dale Academy held powerhouse Glenwood School scoreless.

Then with 4:20 remaining to play, Glenwood’s Alania Crowder found the back of the net.

The lone goal powered the Lady Gators (13-0) to a 1-0 win over the Lady Eagles in the championship game of the AISA state soccer tournament Saturday at Emory Folmar YMCA Complex in Montgomery.

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“It was a huge moment,” Glenwood head coach John Robertson said of the game-winning goal. “We were pushing the whole game, and they dropped a lot of people back on defense to keep us from scoring. We played most of the game on their side of the field. Cara over-crossed it, it landed right at Alania’s feet and she finished it up really nice.”

The meeting was the third of the season between the two teams. Glenwood won all three contests, taking the first meeting 9-1 and the second 6-1.

“In my book this was a win,” Fort Dale head coach Andrea Skipper said. “Our girls played their hearts out and played one of the best games of the season. This was a very successful season for us, and I couldn’t be more proud of my girls.”

Fort Dale, which finished with a 9-4 mark, had three players named to the all-tournament team. Christen McKeague, Mollie Boutwell and Kelsee Ryals were selected for the team.

“They all three played great,” Skipper said. “I think it was probably Kelsee’s best game of the season. She’s played well all season, but against Glenwood she saved us many times. We had a few close calls when Glenwood got a lot of girls packed into the goal, but she came through for us and helped give us a chance at winning the game. I couldn’t ask for anymore from those three, and really the whole team. Everyone played their hearts out.”

This was the first season that the AISA split into girls and boys leagues.