Lady Wildcats, Cass, Lady Canes snag region wins
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Woodland scored early and then made that single goal hold up as it defeated Allatoona, the defending state soccer champs, on Tuesday.

The 1-0 victory — the team’s fifth shutout — evened the Lady Wildcats’ region record to 1-1 and drew praise from their coach.

“This was a big win for us,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “Because of the quality of this opponent, it could bode well for our team if we can keep playing at this level.”

The Lady Wildcats scored in the game’s first few minutes when Kaitlyn Eubanks took a pass from Destiny Woods and found net.

“Destiny passed it to Kaitlyn and she was able to finish for us,” Morgan said. “The girls worked real well together after that score, and from that point, we gutted it out and were able to hold that lead the rest of the way. It was a total team effort.”

He said the Lady Wildcats played some really pretty soccer as the evening wore on.

“They stuck together as a team and were able to make that one goal stand the rest of the evening, and I’m really proud of them, ” Morgan added.

Morgan said the win evens the Lady Wildcats’ record in Region 5-AAAAA to 1-1.

“The big thing is that it brings our region record to 1-1,” he said. “It would have been pretty easy to drop a second game in the region to such a quality team, but we didn’t and that will prove even more important as we move forward.”

The coach said the team also got good play in goal and from its defensive players, and that combination allowed it to record another shutout.

“Alicia Velasquez came off the line really well for us and made some big saves for us,” he added.

Woodland next plays on Friday when it hosts New Manchester in another region game. The teams are to square off at 5:50 p.m.

“It’s nice to play a few region games at home,” Morgan added.

Woodland improved to 5-2 overall with the victory.

Allatoona dropped to 2-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the region. It next plays North Paulding today. The game is scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. start.

Cass 3, Pickens 1

Camey Kirkland scored two goals to help Cass overpower Pickens County, 3-1, in girls high school soccer Tuesday.

The win was the second in as many region matches for the Lady Colonels.

Cass had to earn the victory the old-fashioned way — on the field — because Pickens battled all game long to keep Cass from staying perfect in region play.

Kirkland first put Cass on the scoreboard in the match’s 20th minute after hitting a corner kick that careened off a defender into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Pickens answered 12 minutes later to knot the score at 1-all, a score that stood until halftime.

In the 50th minute, Camey scored again, this time getting an assist by Mallary Hedden.

“Mallary got a cross and Camey finished for us,” Phillips said.

The Lady Colonels got an insurance goal in the 62nd minute courtesy of Katelynn Marsala off an assist from Mallary Hedden.

“Mallary served a cross from the right side to the top of the box and Katelynn put the ball in for us,” Phillips said.

On Thursday, the Lady Colonels host River Ridge in yet another region game.

Cartersville 4, Coahulla Creek 0

Cartersville overpowered Coahulla Creek 4-0 in girls high school soccer play Tuesday.

Sydney James got the shutout in goal for the Lady Purple Hurricanes.

Coach Roger Lowe said the victory was sweet for Cartersville because the Lady Canes had been moving the ball downfield easily enough but had been able to finish.

On Tuesday they were able to find the net four times.

“Why we couldn’t score has been a mystery, but we have been getting better,” he said.

Scoring goals Tuesday were Stefanie Will, Abby Ingram, Kate Garner and Sydney Miller.

Cartersville improved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in Region 5-AAA with the victory.

Cartersville next plays on Thursday when it visits Sonoraville.