Today’s Top Story

Motlow State women’s soccer celebrates most successful season in program history

  • Motlow sophomore Kristen Gasaway kicks the ball during the Bucks’ contest against Tyler Community College at the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. Gasaway was named 2nd Team All-American by the NJCAA. Photo courtesy of the NJCAA. (Photo Courtesy of Motlow State)

    Evans, Georgia. — The Motlow State Women’s Soccer team ended the most successful season in program history with a pair of 3-0 losses in the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Championship held in Evans, Georgia. The Bucks (16-5) won their second consecutive Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) regular season championship and their second straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VII Tournament title.

    Motlow then advanced to the NJCAA Southeast District championship game, where the Bucks beat South Georgia State College 1-0 to advance to their second consecutive NJCAA national tournament.

    Seeded at No. 12 in the tournament, the Bucks fell to No. 1 Tyler Junior College and No. 8 Barton Community College.

    Bucks Head Coach Andy Lyon was named Coach of the Year for the TCCAA regular season, the Region VII Tournament, and the Southeast District.

    “The players deserve all of the accolades they received this season,” said Lyon. “We knew during the preseason that this team was going to be a fun team to watch. If people did not get to see them in action, just know they played the game the way it should be played and they were a pleasure to coach.”

    Kristen Gasaway, a sophomore from Clarksville, earned 2nd-Team NJCAA All-American, earned Player of the Year honors for the TCCAA regular season and was named Most Valuable Player for the Region VII Tournament. Gasaway is the second person in program history to be named All-American, and the first to be 2nd Team. Classmate Cheyenne Watson was named Honorable Mention last season.

    Named to the first-team All-TCCAA team for the regular season were Madisen Hodges, sophomore, Cunningham, TN; India Gaiten, sophomore, Clarksville; and Emily Fisher, sophomore, Pleasant View. Kyla Hawkins, freshman from Murfreesboro, was named Honorable Mention.

    “The team managed the big games,” added Lyon. “The experience of last year’s team and the enthusiasm of the new players really blended well when it mattered the most. They are a close-knit group and were willing to work hard for each other and in representing Motlow.”

    Multiple individual and team single-season school records were set, including:

    INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
    Goals – Kristen Gasaway 20
    Assists – Alysa Benton 15
    Points – Kristen Gasaway 47, Alysa Benton 39
    Shots – Kristen Gasaway 87
    Shots on Goal – Kristen Gasaway 53

    TEAM RECORDS
    Wins – 16
    Shutouts – 15
    Goals Scored – 82
    Assists – 70
    Shots – 513
    Shots on Goal – 305
    Shots per Game – 24.4
    Corner Kicks – 103.

    Individually, Gasaway was 4th in the country with 87 shots and 4th nationally with 53 shots on goal. Gasaway finished tied for 8th nationally with 20 goals, and 9th with 47 points. Benton finished tied for 4th in the nation with 15 assists, 9th with 44 shots on goal, and tied for 9th with 72 shots.

    As a team, the Bucks finished 3rd in the nation with 513 shots. Motlow scored 82 goals on the season, ranking 7th in the nation, had 234 points, also 7th; and had 70 assists, tied for 9th nationally.

    Motlow recorded 15 shutouts, ranking 2nd nationally, and 24.4 shots per game, which tied for 3rd in the country.

    “I hope the College is proud of this group,” concluded Lyon. “Soccer is a relatively new sport to Motlow and I hope the surrounding communities know they have a team to cheer for that has earned back-to-back national tournament appearances.” Beginning in spring 2023, the Bucks will begin playing on their new home field on the Moore County campus.•

    {The Lynchburg Times is an independently-owned, community newspaper located in Lynchburg, Tennessee the home of The Jack Daniel Distillery. We focus on public service, non-partisan, rural journalism. We cover the Metro Moore County government, local tourism, Moore County schools, high school sports, Motlow State Community College, as well as whiskey industry news and regional and state stories that affect our readers.}

Other News

Wreaths Across America, Jack Daniel’s BRAVE group will honor veterans at local cemeteries on December 17

LOCAL NEWS | Jack Daniel’s veterans’ group, BRAVE, raised enough funds to lay 302 total wreaths this year on Wreath Across America Day on December 17 at Lynchburg and Highview cemeteries.

Posted in Local News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Great Stone Door named one of the world’s most underrated travel experiences

LOCAL TOURISM NEWS | According to a new study from Explore Worldwide, the Great Stone Door located at Savage Gulf State Park is the 11th Most Underrated Attraction in the World.

Posted in Tourism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Arnold AFB cemeteries receive in-depth look through survey project

REGIONAL NEWS | Much mystery surrounds the eight cemeteries contained within the 40,000 sprawling acres of Arnold Air Force Base. A recent survey sheds light on who is buried there.

Posted in Regional News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

State warns bird owners who also hunt about wild birds with Avian Bird Flu

STATE WILDLIFE NEWS | State wildlife officials are warning domesticated bird owners who hunt to be aware of bird flu in Tennessee.

Posted in State News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Jeff Arnett and Company Distilling add Rye Single Barrel to their offerings

WHISKEY INDUSTRY NEWS | Jeff Arnett’s Company Distilling recently released a new offering Seismic Rye Single Barrel.

Posted in Whiskey Industry News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Comedian Killer Beaz will perform at Lynchburg Distillery on New Year’s Eve

THINGS TO DO | He’s been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Entertainment Today, and Showtime and he’ll ring in New Years here in Lynchburg. Tickets are now on sale for Killer Beaz at the Lynchburg Distillery.

Posted in Things to Do | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Raiders fall to Cascade 74-50

LOCAL SPORTS | The Raiders fell to Cascade on Thursday night in Bedford County. Alex Copeland led for Moore County with 17 points.

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Raiderettes defeat Cascade 58-18 on Thursday

LOCAL SPORTS | Moore County snagged their second win of he season on Thursday at Cascade. Madison Dingler led for the Raiderettes with 16 points.

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Jack Barrel Tree fundraiser now open with proceeds benefiting Operation Ride Home

This year over 1,300 Jack Daniel barrels were used to erect trees in 13 cities. The top barrels from each go on sale today and it all goes to Operation Ride Home.

Posted in Local News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Former Raider Jason May dies at 41

LOCAL OBITUARY | Former Moore County Raider Jason May died this week at the age of 41. His funeral will take place on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Posted in Obituaries | Tagged , | Leave a comment