Mississippi State commit Megan Henry had three goals and an assist in Page’s 5-1 win over McMinn Central.
By CHIP CIRILLO
MURFREESBORO — People have doubted Megan Henry her whole soccer career, but she keeps proving them wrong.
She notched another impressive performance with three goals and an assist in Page’s 5-1 win over McMinn Central in a Class AA quarterfinal at Siegel Soccer Complex Wednesday night.
The Mississippi State commit leads the Lady Patriots (15-5) with 26 goals this season.
“Megan is definitely special because she grew up with coaches telling her she’s not good enough over and over and over again,” Page coach Nate Clapp said. “Even a year and a half ago a certain school in specific told her she wasn’t good enough to play there and then she commits to Mississippi State, and guess who came running back? That school.”
The doubters fueled the senior midfielder’s drive.
“She’s one of the top goal scorers in school history and she’s also one of the top assists (producers) in school history, so she’s doing it both ways,” Clapp said.
Page faces two-time defending state champion Greeneville (17-4-3) in a semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Henry scored the Lady Patriots’ first three goals to give them a 3-0 lead in the 34th minute.
She almost made it four goals when the left-footed shooter rocketed a right-footed shot off the right post, but Madison Brzica knocked in the rebound to increase Page’s lead to 4-0 in the 41st minute.
“I’m not right-footed so that’s my excuse,” Henry said. “I scored one today with my right foot, but that one was not.”
Henry met a lot of naysayers during the recruiting process.
“There were quite a few that were like, ‘Oh, you’re not good enough to go to my low-key DI or DIII,’ and now I’m going SEC, so I guess that just really shows,” Henry said. “They just made me work a lot harder to get to where I am now.”
Freshman Sierra Scott’s goal from 10 yards out extended the Lady Patriots’ lead to 5-0 in the 51st minute.
“(Henry) has quickness that is unbelievable because she is touching the ball and then she’s doing something with it,” said McMinn Central coach Bill McConkey, who is retiring after 40 years. “It’s not touch, touch, touch and trying to get away with it. And she’s making a play with her body without the ball, and that’s what matters. She’s good.”
McMinn Central finally got on the board when Carlie Runyan scored on Amber Scapellato’s indirect kick in the 61st minute.
Scapellato got robbed on a penalty kick 29 minutes earlier when Page goalkeeper Sydney Weinstein made a diving save to her left in the first half.
Page must find a way to contain Elissa McIntosh, who had three goals and one assist in Greeneville’s 9-0 win over Covington.