Chloe Davis scored two goals — one during regulation and the second after the game went into PKs — to help Cartersville defeat Southeast Whitfield in girls high school soccer play on Tuesday, 2-1.
Davis scored in the game’s 50th minute with an assist from Marissa Mowry and then hit the Lady Purple Hurricane’s sixth PK.
The two teams had both buried two PKs in that phase of the game and were knotted at 2-all when Davis found net with hers.
Keeper Abby Robinson got the stop on the next Southeast PK to preserve the victory for Cartersville.
Chad Murray, head girls soccer coach for Cartersville, said it was a big win for his team, which moved to 2-0 in region play in this early season matchup of region leaders.
“All our region games are big, especially now that we play only one contest against each region foe during the regular season,” Murray said.
He said Southeast was every bit as good this year as it usually is, finding a way to battle back late, facing a 1-0 deficit on the evening.
“They scored a goal with about six minutes remaining,” Murray said. “They hit a rocket shot from 30 yards out, and it dropped just over Abby’s hand into the goal.”
He said he felt like Cartersville was in control throughout much of the game.
“We probably were in control 75 to 80 percent of the game, but we missed a couple of scoring opportunities,” he said. “They were able to keep it close, and then we had one slipup on defense and we were tied.”
He said Southeast just kept playing through without worrying that they were trailing.
“They are scrappy,” he said. “I believe we beat them 3-2 last year. They are very well coached and are a good team.”
He said Cartersville improved to 5-1 overall and is 2-0 in region.
“This is a fantastic win because it’s a region game,” Murray said. “In the past few years we’ve usually been locked up with Southeast and Heritage.”
He said all region games are important under their current format.
“You have to play with focus, intensity and urgency,” the coach added. “It’s six games that really matter.”
Cartersville next plays on Friday when it entertains Pickens County in a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.