Adairsville High girls assistant soccer coach Lance Hall said the MVP of Thursday night’s game at Coahulla Creek was the team bus driver for getting the Lady Tigers back from their game in the thunderstorm.
The award could have gone to anyone on the team Thursday, though, as Adairsville beat a previously undefeated Coahulla Creek in Region 6-AAA play by a final score of 3-0 in a total team effort.
"That was a big one,” Hall said of the win that keeps Adairsville undefeated at 4-0 in region play. "This is a young team and they’re very coachable. Coach [David Sexauer] had a game plan, they went out and executed it and that’s why we got the victory. It’s just fun to coach. … Our girls are just hungry to win and hungry to get out there and do it.”
Sophomore Cat Wheeler continued her early season scoring spree with two goals in the first half Thursday. One came in the second minute off a Kaylee Jordan assist when Jordan centered the ball and put it on Wheeler’s foot before Wheeler took care of the rest.
Wheeler scored again in the 10th minute on Megan Hardin’s corner kick. Wheeler was the runner on the play and headed the ball into the back of the net.
"It was almost like how you’d draw it up on the chalkboard,” Hall said of the goal.
With a two-goal leading entering halftime, the Lady Tigers took a more defensive approach in the second half against a potent Coahulla Creek offensive attack. That didn’t stop them from scoring, though, as Hardin registered her second assist of the game on a free kick to Hannah DeBoard for the goal.
Hall and Sexauer credited the midfield play of Hardin, DeBoard and Sadye Johnson for helping pull off the road win, as well as the defense of Ellie McBride, who was tasked with stopping Coahulla Creek’s top offensive threat in the shutout.
Havyn Isaac had her usual outstanding game in goal for Adairsville, making 12 saves.
“A couple of them were just like 'Geez, how did she stop that?,’” Hall said of Isaac’s saves. "A couple of them were on breakaways and she had to come out and smother them and stop it.”
After six consecutive road games, the Lady Tigers, now 6-2 overall on the year, will finally return home for their next match against North Murray on Tuesday.