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HMS girls continue conference dynasty

HMS girls soccer team and coaches celebrate undefeated season and their fourth straight conference title. HMS girls soccer team and coaches celebrate undefeated season and their fourth straight conference title.

The Hendersonville Middle School Lady Bearcat Soccer team scored a 4-0 shutout victory over Waynesville to clinch the Blue Ridge Conference championship on May 16, the team's fourth straight conference championship. 

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Wth the win the Bearcats finished the season undefeated. Logging seven shutouts, the Bearcasts outscored opponents 91-13. The squad boasts a four-year record of 58-1. The eighth graders on the team are Nikki Schedivy, Katie Parce, Erin Price, Heidi Reid, India Davis-Boggs, Yuri Gallardo, Riley Selvig, Erin Sainsbury, Aundrea Retzbach and Luz Gonzalez. Seventh graders are Miriam Smith, Drake Waggoner, Anna Salvaggio, Caitlyn Barnwell, Ellie Bowen, Callie Swanger, Sofia Olguin, Journee McMinn, Samm Matteson, and Lea Luna. The managers are Aubrey Bish, Katie Kubec, Rogers Pender, and Gracie Currin.

The Lady Bearcats came out strong from the opening whistle of the game and controlled the ball and the tempo for most of the first half. The ball control and passing of HMS frustrated their opponents. The referees even commented to the coaches how well HMS played. The first goal was scored from Drake Waggoner with a powerful shot from about 16 yards out. The second goal was scored by Nikki Schedivy who performed a beautiful back cut to get the defense moving in the wrong direction then put the ball in the back of the net on the far post. Schedivy scored the third goal of the half when she did a smooth head fake to get the goalie moving one way and she slipped the ball right past the post.

The second half started with a fast pace with Hendersonville scoring within the first ten minutes. Ellie Bowen broke free from the defense to receive a through pass and score a breakaway goal. Waynesville tried to get back in the game by overloading the Hendersonville defense by sending more players forward. Goalie Katie Parce and the defense made several great plays to preserve the shutout and the win. All 20 players made contributions in the game.

Coaches Tom Bushe and Jerry Smith thanked the players and parents for a memorable season.