It wasn’t exactly the way the Sequoyah girls soccer team hoped to start District 7-AA play.
The Lady Chiefs dropped a home match against McMinn Central on Friday, Sept. 6, falling 4-1 to the Chargerettes in their first district match of the 2019 season.
The Chargerettes took a 1-0 lead before halftime, as a Lady Chiefs penalty kick that rose well too high kept Sequoyah off the board.
Following another McMinn Central goal, Sequoyah scored a goal on a free kick to cut the Chargerettes’ lead to just 2-1.
But as tensions rose across the pitch, with collisions on the field and testy talk from spectators, McMinn Central roared back with two more goals to put the match out of reach and ultimately defeat the Lady Chiefs, 4-1.
The Chargerettes’ final goal came with about three minutes remaining on the clock.
“This is always an intense rivalry and always an intense atmosphere,” McMinn Central head coach Travis Tuggle told The Daily Post-Athenian, “and it’s just as intense when they come to us.”
The Lady Chiefs (3-2, 0-1) were next set to travel to Polk County for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday, Sept. 10.