CORRYTON, Tenn. — Oneida's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 3-0 win over Gibbs here Tuesday.
The Lady Indians (13-4) won their second game in as many evenings with what coach Scott Terry called a relentless attack against a physical Gibbs team.
The nail-biter contest saw Oneida take a 1-0 lead in the first half, then rely on a stiff defense until late in the second half, when the Lady Indians tacked on two additional goals for good measure.
Baylee Newport scored one goal and assisted another, while Kayla Watters and Jessi Morgan also scored goals. Jenna Bridges also had an assist.
"We walked smack-dab into a buzz saw last night," Terry said, referring to Gibbs' senior night in the final home game of the regular season for the Eagles. "From the very first minute, the battle was on for possession of the ball. Gibbs played very physical and was skilled at every position."
Oneida spent the first 20 minutes of the game chasing the ball, attempting to stave off Gibbs' offensive attack, then finally began to string enough passes together to get some decent looks at the goal.
The Lady Indians finally scored on what Terry called "a great cross" into the 18-yard box.
He also credited goalkeeper Tesla Huling with making an important save on a Gibbs penalty shot that could have tied the game at one and shifted momentum.
"Our constant attacks towards the goal and our willingness to take shots from the outside proved the difference in the game," Terry said. In the final minutes of the second half, that relentless attack finally paid off, with Gibbs' defense breaking down and allowing two goals.
"Our team played as a team for 80 minutes," Terry said. "A total team effort was what gave us a chance to win."
The previous evening, Oneida traveled to Harriman and rolled to victory, with two goals by Jenna Bridges and additional goals by Baylee Newport, Megan Stewart, Courtney Alley, Millie Newport, Tesla Huling and Jessi Morgan, and assists by Bridges, Kennedi Reed, Bailey Lovett, Jessi Morgan, Chloe Matthews and Madison Yancey.
Oneida will host Kingston on Monday at Jane Terry Hoffman Field, for the first round of the District 4-A/AA tournament. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lady Indians on the same field last month, winning 3-2 in a sudden-death second overtime.