Lance Hall, assistant coach for the Lady Tigers, said claiming the win on the road was difficult because there was no quit in the Lady Indians the entire length of the contest.
“Both teams gave everything they had for 80 minutes,” Hall said. “It easily could have gone the other way had the ball bounced a little differently. It was just a great game between two teams who were very evenly matched.”
Cassidy Greene scored the game’s first goal when she found net from about seven yards out in the game’s 38th minute.
Adairsville protected that lead the next two minutes and carried it into the break.
Then in the 53rd minute Greene scored again when she received a pass from Emily Sexauer near midfield that she dribbled once and fired from 18 yards out. The goal put Adairsville up 2-0 and served as an important insurance run for the team.
Becca Ferguson and Morgan Creel combined in goal for the shutout.
The win improved the Lady Tigers’ overall record to 4-3.
It doesn’t get any easier for Adairsvillle, however, as they will entertain the Model Lady Blue Devils on Tuesday at Tiger Valley in a rivalry game that also is a sub-region match.
Hall said the Lady Tigers can expect a tough test from Model, and it will take a lot of hard play to add to their win total.
“They’ve had our number for several years,” Hall said. “Hopefully we’ll be focused for this one.”
The teams are to square off at 5 p.m.
Lady Canes 7, Murray 0
Cartersville scored a minute and two seconds into their contest when Kaeli McDermott hit a 20-yard line drive that found the net and the Lady Purple Hurricanes went on to score six more goals in the half in their 7-0 victory.
Stefanie Will was credited with an assist on the McDermott goal.
Head coach Roger Lowe noted the Lady Canes have been slow to score thus far this season but that ended in Thursday’s game, which was twice delayed because of lightning strikes.
The win improved Cartersville’s overall record to 4-3 and made them 3-0 in Region 7-AAA.
“We were late getting started because of the lightning,” Lowe said. “But, once we did, our girls took control and really passed the ball around.”
He credited the work of Meredith Holmes and McDermott with helping solidify the midfield for Cartersville and cited the play of Molly Acuff and Victoria Everhart.
Among the other Lady Canes scoring were Anslee Sims, with two goals; Anna Phillips, one goal; Mia Robinson, one goal.
Murray County dropped to 0-5 and 0-4 with the loss.
The Lady Canes next play Tuesday when they host Ridgeland High. The game is to start at 5 p.m.