Until then, the Lady Tigers have to take care of business to remain one game behind the Lady Canes in the standings.
Adairsville indeed took care of business Monday at Gordon Central as the team came away with a 6-0 victory to move to 11-1 in the region.
“We’re playing very, very well,” Adairsville assistant coach Lance Hall said. “We knew we were going to be good and contend for the state playoffs, but our defense has been way better than we anticipated.”
That defense was strong once again and helped goalkeeper Amber Litteral record her 12th shutout of the season.
“Amber has played lights out,” Hall said. “She makes one save a game, one of those when you say, ‘How did she get her hands on it?’”
Hall also credits the team’s fullbacks who have consistently limited opponents’ scoring opportunities.
In addition to the strong defensive play, Emily Sexauer and Katelyn Webster provided the team offense against Gordon Central.
Sexauer scored the first goal of the game on a give-and-go with Natalie Sanchez in the 20th minute.
Webster then added a second goal on the second assist from Sanchez in the 35th minute.
Two minutes later, Haley Pittman scored a third goal on a Sexauer assist in the 37th minute.
As a result of the scoring surge to end the first half, Adairsville went into halftime with a 3-0 lead.
In the second half, it took 20 minutes for the Lady Tigers to strike again. However, a goal in the 60th minute led to another three-goal scoring surge for Adairsville.
In the 60th minute, Sexauer crossed the ball to Webster, who put the ball in the back of the net for a 4-0 lead.
“It was almost like how you draw it up on paper,” Hall said of the score. “It was a great goal.”
Adairsville would add another in the 75th minute when Sanchez notched her third assist of the game to Pittman.
Three minutes later, Sexauer scored her second goal of the game to give the Lady Tigers a 6-0 lead.
“It was basically a 35-foot breakaway,” Hall said of the goal. “It was like the Gordon Central defense forgot to mark [Sexauer]. If you forget to mark her, she’s going to go in for the goal.”
Hall credits Webster for helping Adairsville score.
“Her work rate was really high,” Hall said of Webster. “She really dominated the left side.”
The Lady Tigers will face Sonoraville in their next game on Thursday.
If they win, they will go into the April 22 meeting with Cartersville just one game behind in the region standings.