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Move Over, Scarlett

O’Hara drops hat trick as Alcoa advances to title match

Alcoa’s Sydney O’Hara gives chase during last week’s sectional win over Polk County. Photo by Jolanda Jansma

By Stefan Cooper
Editor
Blount Press Row

Sydney O’Hara is putting on quite the show at the girls state soccer tournament.

Jada Johnson applies the pressure in the Polk County match.

The Alcoa striker uncorked a hat trick on Thursday as the Lady Tornadoes dispatched Merrol Hyde, 4-0, in a Class A semifinal.

Alcoa (18-3-2), making its first state tournament appearance in program history, will meet Signal Mountain (11-5-1) for the title on Saturday at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.

Kickoff is 11 a.m. CST.

O’Hara’s three-goal eruption on Thursday followed on a two-goal burst in a 2-0 win over Madison Magnet in Wednesday’s state tournament opener. Speedster Jada Johnson knocked home Alcoa’s fourth goal on Thursday. Peiton Bledsoe, Taylor Moore and Johnson each assisted a goal.

Sophomore Riley McDonald collected the shutout in goal, keeping Alcoa’s postseason clean sheet in tact. The Lady Tornadoes have yet to yield a goal since district tournament play began earlier this month.

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