Margaret Jaco of Jackson student at University School 2002
USJ Continued from cover They played five weeks ago, with Ridgeway beating USJ, 4-1, 4-1, 4-1, in a Nashville tournament. This time, the Lady Bruins appear to have a much better balanced attack. That showed Thursday. While Beth Met-calf Met-calf Met-calf stole the show, USJ's Leah Thompson and Jessie Metcalf scored two goals each, and the Lady Bruins' defense denied McNairy Central Central much of the afternoon. Other than Kennedy's goal, USJ's defense kept the Lady Bobcats off senior goalkeeper Chelsea Dockins, who stopped McNairy's two other shots on goal. Metcalf made it 4-1 4-1 4-1 in the final minute of the first half on a goal that came 30 seconds seconds after USJ stopped McNairy near USJ's goal. It spoke well of Dockins' supporting cast of senior Megan Rice, junior Ashley Warren, and sophomores Stephanie Gerard and Jamie Autorino. "We're communicating a lot better," Rice said. "We weren't talking at all , but now we're talking a lot. In the second half, we just came out more determined." "I think if we play hard and up to our potential, we have a good chance of beating them." Beth Metcalf, USJ senior on Ridgeway "We just couldn't get the ball over their heads," Kennedy said. McNairy beat Trenton-Peabody, Trenton-Peabody, Trenton-Peabody, 2-1, 2-1, 2-1, in overtime to reach the region championship championship game, but the Lady Bobcats Bobcats end a 13-4-2 13-4-2 13-4-2 13-4-2 13-4-2 season. "Their defense is really good," McNairy Central coach Jerry Lott said, "but their offense is even better." USJ certainly showed that. In the second half, the Lady Bruins scored on breakaways at 36:15 and 32:03, on a penalty penalty kick at 29:58, then on Beth Metcalf goals at 27:04 and 20:52. Jessie Metcalf and Hamilton scored the final two. Now they get Ridgeway. "We've been working all season long to Ridgeway," USJ coach Chris Leonardi said. "And we like that." Said Beth Metcalf: "I think if we play hard and up to our potential, we have a good chance of beating them." Karp Booher, 425-9637 425-9637 425-9637 p -wiww-.... -wiww-.... -wiww-.... -wiww-.... 4., mmmmmm "f ( ; M''0, ,; , ' 'VjTJ if .'V :,'' 'iyftZy' ? : Mw4 n : :' 2 1 -ij -ij ; f j r ; ' -Ji -Ji , ' , 1 1 ti ' ii mi- mi- iiiii)iiiiirfM,'-m-r iiiii)iiiiirfM,'-m-r iiiii)iiiiirfM,'-m-r iiiii)iiiiirfM,'-m-r iiiii)iiiiirfM,'-m-r CARA EASTWOODThe Jackson Sun University School of Jackson's Margaret Jaco drives past McNairy Central's Stacey Montgomery during the Region 7 A-AA A-AA A-AA championship game Thursday. USJ won, 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, to advance to Tuesday's substate game at Memphis Ridgeway.