Another tourney title for Lakeland

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 30, 2005

It was Tara Worley’s fifth straight Southeastern district tournament title.

It was the capper of Worley’s fifth straight regular season championship.

It was the 100th victory of Worley’s seven-year career at Lakeland.

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But after the Worley girls defeated Nansemond River 6-0 in the tourney final Friday at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, Worley still wasn’t completely contented.

&uot;I think we’ve gotten stuck at regional semifinals for so many years that we won’t be satisfied until we get to the next level,&uot; said Worley, whose girls have come within a game of state competition for the past four years. They’ll play Granby Tuesday in the first round of Eastern Region competition. Should Lakeland win, they’ll play in the semis for a chance to become the first Suffolk high school to get to states.

Stephanie Owen slapped in two goals and Lindsey Cutchins had two goals and two assists to finish out a tournament Most Valuable Player-winning performance.

&uot;We really have to prepare (for regionals),&uot; said Cutchins, who had two assists in her team’s 6-1 defeat of Western Branch in the first round of the tournament Wednesday. &uot;Before every game, we sit on the bus for five minutes, visualizing what we want to do. We need to practice a lot. We’re ready to go to the state championships.&uot;

Owen got her first goal just over 10 minutes in on a Chelsey Salmon assist. About 10 minutes later, Salmon passed to Klee, who shot a pass to Cutchins in the center. Cutchins sent the ball back to Klee, who slipped a shot into the right side of the net for a 2-0 halftime lead.

Six minutes into the second half, Salmon took an assist from Klee for a goal. With 10 minutes to go, Salmon came in from the right side and passed to Cutchins in the center for a 4-0 lead. Cutchins scored again with 3:27 left, and sent an assist to Owen at the 1:17 mark.

Because River took second in the tournament, and the regular season, they’ll also move to regional competition, battling Maury Tuesday at the Sportsplex.