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This summer has been all about improving as the Lady Panthers hosted their annual play day at Richland Park on Saturday afternoon.

Usually played at the high school, the school elected to move the play day a few miles up the road, as they look to improve their school field.

Teams from all over the mid-state flocked to the 37148 in hopes of quality competition and team bonding during the all-day event.

"This is a great day," Goodpasture head coach Laura Darnell said. "This is a great tournament and coach Ryan Goostree does such a good job of organizing this. It's good to see different teams that are to your level of play."

Goodpasture is just one of many teams that thoroughly enjoy the play day, including Montgomery Central head coach Gary Goss.

"This is our third time coming to this event and it's always a great experience for the girls," he said. "I tell you what, we are coming up here from now on every year. This facility was phenomenal and this is well organized. This is a good time for the girls to bond, it's just a great experience for the girls."

In total, the Lady Panthers played four games with the early match beginning at 8 a.m. and the last match at 5:30 p.m.

"It's good to have different competition," Portland head coach Ryan Goostree said. "For our specific team, this play day is about finding out where our weak spots are. Also, doing minor adjustments with the lineup, just trying to find girls to fill different roles."

The Lady Panthers split the first two contests against Lebanon and Clarksville Northwest before falling 3-2 to Montgomery Central.

Panther goals were scored by senior Mac Craddock and freshman Lexi Williams, but they would not be enough as the 30-minute half ran out before the Lady Panthers could net another goal.

"We were a little worried after moving our top scorer to defense this year, but I'm no longer worried about that," Goostree said following the loss to Montgomery Central. "It was good to see we have the ability to score goals. I'm satisfied with our attack right now."

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