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Donoho soars to title

Lady Falcons blank Sacred Heart for second straight Calhoun County Girls Soccer Tournament title; Hodges named MVP

Donoho’s Lily Wiedmer streaks past the Sacred Heart defense as she attacks the goal in Saturday’s girls county tournament title match. Wiedmer scored all four of Donoho’s goals in the game and 11 of its 16 in the tournament. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD – The Donoho girls soccer team took its second straight Calhoun County Tournament championship with a 4-0 shutout of Sacred Heart Saturday at Choccolocco Park.

Lily Wiedmer scored all four goals for the undefeated Lady Falcons (9-0), giving her 11 for the tournament and 28 for the season. Wiedmer scored three goals in the first half.

Donoho’s Constance Hodges (14) was named tournament MVP, largely for the way she put Lily Wiedmer (R) in position to score. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

It was the second straight year the Lady Falcons did not allow a goal in the tournament. They have given up only three goals all season.

“We played great today, the best I have seen us look all year and against a very good Sacred Heart team,” Donoho coach Jay Jenkins said. “It is just amazing what these kids have done this year. I am so impressed with them. They keep improving and they come to practice ready to work and get better.

“They make my job so easy as a coach. I really did not see this coming. We lost two all-tournament players from a year ago and we are still finding our way. However, the target on our back keeps getting bigger and bigger as the season goes on and we just have to be ready to handle it.”

Wiedmer is scoring the goals and is deadly in front of the goal and Constance Hodges is always in the mix setting her up.

“Lily is like a freight train when she gets the ball,” Jenkins said. “I would say that 50 percent or more of Lily’s goals have been a result of Constance doing something to set up the play.”

Hodges was named the tournament MVP and Wiedmer was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Maggie Wakefield, Kathleen Seals and Emma Burke Owsley made the all-tournament team from Donoho.

The kickoff time was moved up to allow several of the Donoho players to play in the title match and still make it to the theater in time to act in the school’s production of “The Little Mermaid.” Wakefield was one of those players in a prominent role.

Sacred Heart’s Jacque Beyerle was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Teammates Angel Nguyen and Sydney Marion were selected to the all-tournament team.

Carlie Horn (Jacksonville), Alex Reyes (Oxford), Makiah Burns (Anniston), Caleigh Cortez (Weaver), Carson Cooley (Faith) and Dasonna Turner (Saks) rounded out the all-tournament team.

Donoho’s Lily Wiedmer (9) was named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player and Sacred Heart keeper Jacque Beyerle was named the tournament’s most outstanding defensive player. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

To see a gallery of photos from the match visit www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

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