The Logan-Rogersville soccer squad is in peak form as it heads through the post-season, demonstrating their strength in a 4-3 final regular season win against Carthage on Thursday and a 5-1 victory over Aurora in the Class 2 District 10 semifinal on Monday night.
The offensive side of the team’s play has been spearheaded in the last half of the season by junior Sophia Nixon, who claimed all four goals in the win against Carthage to neatly hit the 100 career goal mark with the end of the season.
The accolade benchmark appears not to have slowed her down, though, as Nixon also put up a hat trick in Monday’s district semifinal.
“Nixon is an extraordinary player that is so fun to watch,” said Rogersville head coach Brett Wubbena. “I have had the privilege to coach all of her games, and she never ceases to impress me. In my opinion, she is the most impactful player in the area and does more for her team than anyone around.”
That high praise is made higher by the formidable presence of players like Taylor Overstreet, Grace Fielded and Bri Bieller, who Wubbena also noted put in stellar performances in Thursday’s game.
Nixon put up two of that match’s four goals in the first half against a tenacious Carthage defense, while the Lady Wildcats largely denied the Tigers access to their territory.
“Our defense played really well and blocked everything,” Wubbena assessed.
Carthage eventually placed a shot in the second half, but Nixon accrued two more, burying the Tigers in a hole they couldn’t escape and crossing the 100-goal mark in the process.
In the final minutes of play, Carthage made a valiant comeback push, managing two more goals to come within a shot of a tie, but the Cats’ defense kept a lid on it for long enough to notch the win.
Rogersville rode the victory into the start of this week, where they kept the offensive tap flowing with the help of Nixon’s three goals. The result was a 5-1 rout that advanced the girls to Tuesday’s district final.
That championship game against Cassville was not finished at the time of this issue’s deadline, but will be covered in a the next edition of The Mail.