In a flashback to the 2007 Gatorade commercial “Michael vs. Mia,” Adairsville’s Emily Collum and Model’s Jennifer Espinoza played a game of “anything you can do, I can do better” Tuesday night in Tiger Valley.
Collum scored five goals, and Espinoza nearly matched her and, in the end, the Collum-Espinoza show resulted in a 5-5 draw.
Espinoza scored in the 11th minute, Collum in the 13th, Espinoza in the 19th and Collum again in the 35th for a 2-2 halftime score.
Out of the break, Espinoza scored three minutes in, Collum five minutes in and then Collum again four minutes after that to give Adairsville its first lead of the game at 4-3.
“The Espinoza kid can fly like the wind. She’s good, and it really was, you score, I’m going to do you one better,” Adairsville assistant Lance Hall said of the trading of goals between Collum and Espinoza. “Our defense played hard, but you get someone that savvy, who can break down two kids and put one in the upper-90, there’s not much you can do about that one.”
Finally, in the 60th minute, someone else scored for Model off a corner kick.
Collum responded with her fifth goal on a breakaway in the 64th minute.
Model tied the game, though, in the 73rd to give the game its 5-5 final.
Gillian Johnson assisted three of Collum’s goals in the game.
“Gillian is a great distributor, and Emily is strong and fast and savvy,” Hall said. “She can lull them to sleep and then blow by them, and Gillian can put the ball right on her feet.”
Adairsville, now 4-1-2 on the year, will look to improve upon its 1-1 region record with a return to Region 6-AAA play next Tuesday at home against Murray County.
Model 6, Adairsville boys 4
After the girls teams combined for 10 goals, the boys teams for Adairsville and Model also put 10 shots into the back of the net.
However, their 10 goals weren't evenly split with the Blue Devils outlasting the Tigers by a 6-4 score.
Adairsville (2-2) led at several points — 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2 — but Model (4-0) answered each and every time, including scoring the final four goals of the game for the road win.
Joseph Pacheco and Emanuel Lopez struck in the first half for the Tigers, while Lopez and Miguel Garcia notched goals after the break.
Nic Jackson made eight saves in goal for Adairsville, which looks to move to 3-0 in Region 6-AAA play when Murray County comes to town next Tuesday.