While most high school soccer teams are on spring break this week, the Adairsville High girls soccer team was busy beating another victim Friday for its 10th win of the season.
Playing a bit shorthanded because of the break, the Lady Tigers shut out Trion on the road by a score of 2-0.
Adairsville will have an opportunity to clinch its fifth-consecutive state playoff berth Tuesday at home against Ringgold, and Friday’s win provided a nice tune-up for the big upcoming game.
“It was a real good win,” Adairsville assistant coach Lance Hall said. “It kind of worked in our favor to play this game [over spring break]. It was better than a practice. If we had another practice we would have probably had two or three more girls just stay at the beach or something.”
The scoring came early Friday as Emily Collum scored in the third minute and Lauren Stephenson scored in the 12th. Collum’s goal came on a penalty kick after a handball, while Stephenson’s goal came after she let one rip from the top of the box.
After the quick goals, Trion went to a more defensive formation.
“We scored quick and then they parked the bus. They literally had seven, eight, sometimes nine girls in the box,” Hall said. “They were trying to counter on it, but I had a feeling, if they played the whole game how they started the game, it could have gotten out of hand really quickly.”
While Adairsville could not score after the first 12 minutes, the two goals would stand up due to the defense. Usual goalkeeper Havyn Isaac played the field in this non-region game, allowing Lex Jackson to earn the shutout behind strong defense.
“We played excellent defense,” Hall said. “All of our fullbacks did well, but Mac Stephenson and Ansley Leker, they were lights out. They snuffed out everything Trion got going. I think they only had five legitimate shots on goal.”
The win moves Adairsville to 10-3 overall on the year. The Lady Tigers will put their 5-2 region record on the line Tuesday against Ringgold in Tiger Valley.