Loudon took advantage of the home field advantage they earned in the first round of the district 4-A/AA soccer tournament Tuesday night, winning 3-0 over Stone Memorial.
The Redskins dominated possession for most of the game and was able to score the game's first goal just under 15 minutes into the first half when Jesus Medina found Nate Mendez for the score.
"We looked at this game as not just a regular game, we looked at it as if we lose, we're out, and we're not going to have another chance to come back," Mendez said. "Our coach told us to play for our seniors today because if we lose then it's their last time ever playing high school soccer."
Mendez found Medina for two more attempts in the first half, one resulting in a shot on goal and the other ending with an offside call. At the break Loudon led 1-0.
Two minutes into the second half, the Redskins added some cushion to their lead as Carlos Bedolla broke away from the defense and was able to score.
Mendez added his second goal, the team's third, just over the midway point of the second half to seal the win for Loudon.
"They did what we've been practicing and it made a difference," Loudon coach Yani Espinoza said. "We came out here and possessed. We had the ball the whole game."
Stone Memorial only really threatened the Redskins on two occasions, which Espinoza called scary, but for the most part Loudon was able to dominate the tempo and dictate how the game was played.
"Stone Memorial is a great team," Espinoza said. "They have a great idea, great coaching, but man, these guys got it done. That's what we've been looking for, and that's how we started the year. Now it's coming for us. This is where it counts."
Loudon will next host Rockwood, which upset Alcoa Monday night, at 6 p.m. Thursday in order to advance to Friday's championship game at Christian Academy of Knoxville.
"Just because we won this game, it doesn't mean anything," Espinoza said. "The next game is win or go home, same deal. We've got to keep our focus and I think our kids have got it now."