The Lausanne Lynx soccer team continued their march to the state championship on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK).
Match day was kicked off Tuesday morning in a special way. As the Lynx soccer team boarded the bus to Nashville, they were cheered on by students from Lausanne’s Lower School.
“Seeing our little Lynx is a joy in and of itself, but to hear them chanting Go Lynx Go is pure happiness," head coach Amy Morrison said. "I cannot thank them enough for sending off our big Lynx with love, cheers and signs! In fact, we hung those signs on the fences when we got to the field."
After pre-game warmups and a mindfulness session to prepare for the match, Coach Morrison said she knew the team was ready.
"Our mood was calm but strong," Morrison said. "We were excited and nervous, but we just wanted to get to work. Our game changers were bubbling with energy as our starters took the field. We were all ready to play our parts and give our best in each moment."
With about 20 minutes left in the first half, Taylor Rhodes ’21 kicked off the scoring with a goal. The Warriors scored on an equalizer before the half to send the match to halftime all square.
It stayed that way until senior Jordan Timmons ’21 found the back of the net to put the Lynx up 2-1 and they would hold onto that lead and win the game.
“The match wasn't pretty. We never got into our rhythm, but in true Memphis fashion we gritted it out and found a way to win," Morrison said. "I was so impressed with Jordan and Taylor. These ladies have given their blood, sweat, and tears to build this program since they started for us in eighth grade. For them to score the goals to lead our team to quarterfinals is poetic."
With the win, the Lynx advance to play in Nashville against Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) on Saturday at noon with a chance to add another magical moment to an already memorable season.
"Our focus has been to play each moment like it's our last," Morrison said. "We started the year not knowing if we'd get to go full contact, get a game in or finish the season. Every moment has counted and we have appreciated each one."