The Adairsville High girls soccer team got a rude awakening in the season opener Friday at Tiger Valley.
The Lady Tigers, replacing seven players lost to graduation, fell to Class 6A Dalton by a final score of 7-0.
“It’s been a long time since we took one like that at Tiger Valley,” Adairsville assistant coach Lance Hall said. "A lot of it was we were not used to their game speed. We're a very young team, graduated seven seniors last year. One time, I looked out there and we had seven freshmen on the field and one sophomore.
"Dalton’s tough. They're a good, quality program and they play fast. [Adairsville head coach David] Sexauer said we’re still trying to find answers, moving players around, trying to play them at different positions."
Dalton scored in bunches, taking a 2-0 lead with goals in the seventh and eighth minutes, adding one in the 21st, and then scoring three more between the 50th and 58th minutes. Dalton tacked on one more in the 73rd for good measure.
Hall said Adairsville had 10 shots on goal, but couldn’t convert on any. He also said most of Dalton’s goals came on breakaways.
Despite the high scoring total, the coaching staff was impressed by goalkeeper Havyn Isaac — who had 16 saves to prevent the game from getting further out of hand — as well as the play of Taylor Rhodes, Cat Wheeler, Sadye Johnson and Kaylee Jordan.
The Lady Tigers will look to bounce back against Gordon Central Thursday at Tiger Valley before a long road stretch that won’t have the team playing at home again until March 19.