Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High sophomore Emily Ashburn (4) congratulates juniors Jamie Ashburn (12) and Keeley Carter (3) after Jamie Ashburn provided the assist on Carter’s goal, which was the first conversion of the Tigerettes’ victory over visiting Portland on Saturday evening.

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Macon County High sophomore Emily Ashburn (4) congratulates juniors Jamie Ashburn (12) and Keeley Carter (3) after Jamie Ashburn provided the assist on Carter’s goal, which was the first conversion of the Tigerettes’ victory over visiting Portland on Saturday evening.

The Macon County High School girls soccer team didn't have another close contest against Portland on Saturday evening.

Instead, the fourth-seeded Tigerettes dominated play, rolling to a 7-0 victory over the fifth-seeded Lady Panthers in a District 11-AA Tournament quarterfinal match.

"I came in with a good feeling," Macon County junior midfielder Jamie Ashburn said. "I felt like we were going to win."

The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in Portland on Sept. 20.

"The first time, we came in and underestimated them," Ashburn said. "This game, we knew we had to come in and play (well). It wasn't going to be easy.

"We won the 50-50 balls."

The Tigerettes (7-5-1) built a 4-0 lead by halftime.

"In this game, we penetrated their defense better and were much more organized in our attack,"

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Macon County head coach Terrance Pryor said. "We've rested a lot since (the first match with Portland). We have had time off between games."

Twelve minutes into the match, Ashburn's corner kick was headed in by classmate Keeley Carter.

Seven minutes later, Macon County junior Morgan Carter threw a ball in play from the left sideline, and Keeley Carter maneuvered past a defender to create space for a shot that slipped past Lady Panther senior goalkeeper Jaden Cawthon.

In the 23rd minute, Ashburn played a ball ahead to senior Catherine Kemp, who ran it down and converted on a diagonal shot.

Then, with 5:09 remaining in the first half, Keeley Carter one-touched Ashburn's corner kick into the net for a 4-0 lead.

In addition to Saturday's success, Ashburn and Keeley Carter connected multiple times in the team's previous match, a 9-2 win at Springfield four days earlier.

"We've played together for as long as I can remember," Ashburn said. "I can depend on Keeley. I know she'll be there to get the pass and bust her butt to get there whether it's in reach or not."

Portland senior Chasey Piper had a shot on goal in the 37th minute, but Tigerette senior goalkeeper Katie Cothron batted away the attempt.

"Defensively, we were better," Pryor - whose squad recorded its third shutout of the season - said. "We were able to close space. We only had one shot that challenged us, and our keeper (senior Katie Cothron) made a good save."

In the 50th minute, Jamie Ashburn's throw-in was headed by a Lady Panther defender before Keeley Carter gained possession and scored her fourth goal of the match.

Keeley Carter scored seven goals in the win over Springfield and increased her season total to 30 with Saturday's output.

Later on, Tigerette sophomore Emily Ashburn played a ball ahead to Kemp, who angled from the left side toward the middle of the field for a 6-0 lead.

Kemp also had a shot that hit off of the left post in the first half.

Approximately three minutes later, Macon County senior Maribel Mireles took a shot from in front of the net that Keeley Carter shot after the ball was deflected over to her. Keeley Carter's shot ricocheted off of the left post before Jamie Ashburn controlled the rebound and converted on the rebound with Cawthon out of position. It was Ashburn's 15th goal of the season.

"In practice, we've been working harder," Ashburn said. "Coach kicked us in gear lately. We don't want to end the season."

Portland actually ended its season with the loss.

The Tigerettes advanced to face top-seeded Beech in Tuesday's district semifinal round. The semifinal winners move on to the championship match and also earn a berth to the region tournament.

"It's our best game of the season without a doubt," Pryor said. "We scored in a variety of ways. We scored on two corner kicks. We attacked from the wings. It was good to see that as a team with them being as organized defensively as they are. They are about as well-coached as anybody in the district. He (Lady Panther head coach Ryan Goostree) was selected as the coach of the year in our district.

"They held Beech to three goals (in a 3-0 loss on Oct. 2). They held White House Heritage to two goals (in a 2-0 loss on Sept. 18)."