GULFPORT, Miss. - Faulkner entered the semifinals of the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament looking to make history as the only league team to ever knock off perennial titan Lee. The No. 2 Flames were relentless however, and took advantage of every opportunity in their 6-0 victory over the Lady Eagles.
"Lee was the superior team today," said head coach Jeff Ireland. "We abandoned our game plan. While, we have to respect them, we cannot play in fear and I think we did too much of that today."
Lee was full speed from the opening attack and outshot Faulkner 20 to six in the event. The Flames put 11 bullets on frame and ultimately landed six. The Lady Eagles put 50 percent of their shots on target, but were held scoreless.
Caitlin Sebert had the net for Faulkner and secured five saves and allowed six goals in the loss.
"Their aggressiveness forced us to play out of our comfort zone," said assistant coach Glenn Townsend. "We told them to play their game and not to do anything out of the ordinary, but that's exactly what happened - we were all over the place doing things the just don't do."
Faulkner closes the season with its second best overall recored in program history at 12-7-1. It was the team's second trip to the conference semifinals.