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TAE girls soccer tames Frederica, gets back to Final 4

Terrell Academy girls soccer coach Veann Farr led the Lady Eagles to their fifth straight region title two weeks ago, then Wednesday her team advanced back to the GISA Class AA Final Four for the third year in a row. (Herald file photo)

Terrell Academy girls soccer coach Veann Farr led the Lady Eagles to their fifth straight region title two weeks ago, then Wednesday her team advanced back to the GISA Class AA Final Four for the third year in a row. (Herald file photo)

DAWSON — Not this time, Frederica Academy.

Not against this group of determined Terrell Academy soccer players.

And definitely not three years in a row.

That was the message Lady Eagles head soccer coach Veann Farr delivered at halftime of Wednesday’s GISA Class AA Elite 8 state playoff game as Terrell Academy found itself down, 1-0, to its newfound nemesis Frederica, which ended TAE’s state title hopes in 2010 in the championship game and then again last year in the Final Four.

Wednesday’s 2-1 victory didn’t just vault the Lady Eagles to their third straight state semifinals, it officially ended two years of suffering at the hands of the reigning four-time state champs.

“I just told our girls at halftime that we’ve been down more than one goal before and come back to win, and that we had to believe that this was our year and believe in ourselves that we could beat this team,” Farr said. “I told them we had 40 minutes left to play and it wasn’t even close to being over.”

Brittney Spilman heard her coach loud and clear.

The sophomore striker scored the equalizer a few minutes after intermission on an assist from Alex Barfield, then knocked in the game-winner late in the second half on a perfectly placed corner kick by Lauren Barfield to send Frederica home.

Finally.

“It feels great,” Farr said. “This was a huge win for us in so many ways.”

The Lady Eagles, who lost just two games all year and won their fifth straight region title two weeks ago, then opened state with a 5-2 rout of Monsignor Donovan last week, will now face Gatewood on Friday with a spot in the title game on the line.

And with Frederica out of the picture, Farr feels like the state title is TAE’s to lose.

“I do (feel like we’re in the driver’s seat now),” she said. “I really do.”