Cartersville beats Coahulla Creek; Tigers beat LFO
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Behind a flurry of first-half goals, the Cartersville High girls soccer team established its presence early Tuesday at Coahulla Creek, paving the way for an eventual 6-0 victory for the Lady Purple Hurricanes.

Also, Adairsville defeated Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in other girls soccer action, 4-0.

Chad Murray, Cartersville head coach, said his team played loosely, in large part due to four first-half goals.

“They played good,” said Murray, who also praised the defense for keeping a clean sheet. “We got off to a fast start. That sets the tone for the game, lets them relax.”

Chloe Davis placed two goals in the net in the first — one in the 14th minute and the other in the 39th — and Ashton Sanders and Kaitlin Abernathy also tallied goals that gave the Lady Canes a 4-0 lead by halftime. Abernathy’s goal, which came 1 minute, 5 seconds into the match, gave Cartersville an early lead while Sanders’s goal at the 34-minute mark put the visitors ahead 2-0.

Sanders added another goal in the second half, for a 5-0 advantage, and Payton Putzer closed out scoring with the Lady Canes’ sixth goal nearly five minutes later.

With the win, Cartersville improved to 2-0, which also is its Region 5-AAA record. Another region opponent comes calling Thursday when the Lady Canes host Sonoraville for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

Adairsville 4, LFO 0

Adairsville defeated Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday to pick up its first region win while playing a traditional region soccer power, 4-0.

Emily Sexauer tallied the Lady Tigers’ first goal in the 20th minute when she buried a penalty kick in the net to convert for her team after Haley Pittman was fouled in the box.

Pittman figured in the team’s second goal when she crossed to Natalie Sanchez, who got a foot on the ball and gave her team a 2-0 lead that stood up until halftime.

Pittman scored the team’s third goal in the 46th minute after getting an assist from Sidnee Welchel.

Pittman was fouled in the box again in the 68th minute and Sexauer once again converted to complete scoring.

David Sexaur, head coach, said defeating LFO was a big win for the team.

“LFO has a great program. They beat us twice last year and it was exciting to defeat a quality program,” he said.

He said Adairsville has a lot of depth this season and that was one of the keys to its victory.

“We were able to play some of our girls in more than one position,” Sexauer said. “We were able to involve 20 different girls in the win. That’s a lot for our program. We now have a nice depth of talent and our girls really trust each other.”

He said the play of the Lady Tigers in the midfield was big, too.

“LFO has a good midfield and they love to bring the ball up the middle,” he said, “but we were able to counter that. That was another of the keys for us.”

Amber Litteral picked up the shutout in goal with six saves.

Adairsville improved to 2-0 with the victory. It next hosts North Murray on Thursday. The two line up at 5:30 p.m.