The Loudon Redskins, 6-3 (5-2), hosted the Christian Academy of Knoxville, 7-0-2 (4-0), Thursday night hoping to stay on track in division play, in which they entered 5-1 with their only loss a weather-shortened 1-0 loss to Alcoa.
Loudon jumped on the board first as Yunior Meclina knocked in a shot from far outside that grazed off the hands of CAK's goal keeper to give the Redskins a 1-0 lead with 27:30 remaining in the first half. CAK was held scoreless until the last 10 minutes of the first half when they scored two quick goals, one at the 9:50 mark and one at the 4:31 mark.
"We had two mental lapses on defense and that's those two quick goals," Loudon coach Carter Haun said. "I was afraid they might quit when CAK put that second goal in, but they played a complete game."
In the second half both teams struggled to get anything going offensively. A header on a free kick by CAK was the only goal to go in, scoring with 18:45 to go in the half, a goal Haun felt was one the team could do little to prevent.
The loss is Loudon's second in district play, but Haun sees his team getting better, something he planned for with a light conditioning load prior to the season's start.
"I was telling them if they continue to play this well then they have a good chance in the district tournament," Haun said. "We're a pretty young team and they're learning to play a lot better."