During the contest, the Lady Wildcats surged to two leads — 1-0 and 2-1 — against North Cobb, but the Lady Warriors answered the challenge twice, coming from behind to knot the score in the game’s final two minutes.
“It was disappointing we were not able to finish the game as we had hoped,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “But we had a good experience and hopefully this game will benefit us when we return to our region play Friday against a really good Lambert team.”
The Lady Wildcats clawed their way into the scoring in the game’s 50th minute when Stephanie Hicks drew an assist from Johannah Nunez to light up the scoreboard for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Warriors answered in the 51st minute for a 1-1 score.
Woodland again tested their opponents in the 61st minute when Hicks scored Woodland’s second goal of the evening with an assist by Polly Miller.
The two teams battled the rest of the way but the Lady Warriors staved off a loss with about two minutes remaining when they found the back of the net.
Coach Morgan said although Woodland didn’t get the victory it wanted, coaches saw some strong desire.
“Overall I was pleased with the effort,” he said. “We played extra hard against a really good team. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold that lead for two more minutes.
Alicia Velasquez showed a lot of determination on a challenging evening.
“She had 16 saves for us,” Morgan added.
He said Emily Moore and Rachel Dodson “did a really good job in the back line for us, but it was a total team effort.
“We now have four games remaining in our regular season and hopefully this game will carry over as we play another quality opponent.”
Woodland, who turns road warrior, next plays Friday against Lambert, at 6 p.m., then plays North Paulding and South Forsyth before ending with Marietta.
All four are quality opponents and the matchups will be on the road.
Coach Morgan noted several Lady Wildcats played their final home games for their school — Hicks and Nunez.
“I was glad they were able to close out their games on their home field with victories,” the coach said. “They have meant a lot to our program the past four years and it was good to see them have more success today.”
The Lady Wildcats are 6-7-1 with the tie.
North Cobb is 7-8-1 on the season.