JACKSON - It was a tough Thursday afternoon for the Jackson Ironladies soccer team as they not only dropped a 3-0 decision to Chillicothe, but the Lady Cavaliers also clinched a Frontier Athletic Conference title at Alumni Stadium. Chillicothe accomplished these goals despite being down a player for much of the second half because of a red card. With the loss, Jackson slips to 7-5-2 (7-2-0 in FAC play) and still has a shot to finish second in the league.
The standout player for Jackson was keeper Sydney Brown. She had seven saves to her credit with the majority of the game played on the Ironladies' side of the field.
Overall, Chillicothe had 16 shots, including 10 on goal.
Jackson had seven shots, three on target, and two corner kicks.
Some of the goals Brown saved were challenging, and she gave her all for them. Jackson head coach Chris Skarratt commented on her play after the game.
"Sydney made a couple of great saves in the first half and some more in the second half," he said. "What disappointed me is when they went a player down, we rested on our laurels and Chillicothe seemed to be inspired."
However, the team will be OK going into the post-season, according to Skarratt, but they have to learn to play better together on defense.
The goals came late as Addie Erslan broke a scoreless tie with just 14:28 left when she hit an unassisted goal from about 25 yards out.
Then the second goal came shortly after that, as Olivia Johnson scored with 12:31 remaining via an assist from Erslan.
The Ironladies were unable to respond, and Chillicothe pushed its lead to 3-0 on a goal by Zoey Ford with 5:55 remaining in the first half.
Jackson had some missed opportunities in the first half on a corner kick with 37:45 reaming and missed on a free kick with 7:32 remaining.
In the second half, Jackson missed a free kick with 28:37 left and failed to convert on a corner kick.
Coach Skarratt and his team will now await on the sectional pairings that will be announced on Sunday.
The Ironladies return to FAC action on Saturday, in a makeup contest at Hillsboro. They will close out the regular season on Thursday, October 11 at Logan Elm.
Jackson 3, Miami Trace 2
JACKSON - Junior Brynlee Vermillion found the back of the net with 4:02 remaining to give the Ironladies a 3-2 win over Miami Trace in a Frontier Athletic Conference soccer match on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
Vermillion's game-winning goal capped off a hat trick for the Jackson forward.
The win marks a sweep under sixth-year head coach Chris Skarratt. The Badgers improve to 7-4-2 and 7-1-0 in FAC play.
In the first half, Vermillion put Jackson up 1-0 with a goal, coming with 16:27 left, but Miami Trace responded when Emily Powell scored with 13:42 remaining to even the match 1-1 at the half.
Vermillion put Jackson back in front with a goal at the 18:22 mark in the second half, but Miami Trace's Tori Evans tied the match with 7:27 left.
Then Vermillion completed her hat trick with a goal coming at the 4:02 mark to give Jackson a 3-2 lead.
Kylie Laug had two assists for Jackson and Taylor Thorpe had one.
Jackson outshot the Lady Panthers 13-10, including 7-5 in shots on goal. The Ironladies also held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Sydney Brown picked up three saves in the win for Jackson.
Telegram Sports Editor Todd Compston contributed to this story.