Woodland fell behind 2-0 at the break but then came back to score a long distance goal from Stephanie Hicks less than three minutes after returning to the field. The two teams then battled the rest of the second half with the Lady Chiefs managing to hold on for the victory.
The loss dropped the Lady Wildcats to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 7-AAAA play.
Head coach Kyle Morgan said he was proud of the way his team came back in the second half but said it must learn to play at a high level the entire game.
"In the first half we made a couple of mistakes and they punished us for it. I didn't think at times we were playing with our best effort, particularly in the first half; however, we got back in it in the second half, almost immediately, and continued to fight so we'd have a chance at the end to get a break and get that equalizing goal."
Sequoyah (2-4) scored both its goals in the first half off breakaways.
The Lady Chiefs scored their first goal in about the 24th minute when a striker took a pass about midfield, then skirted around and between two Lady Wildcats to gain a shot on goal from almost point blank range for a 1-0 lead.
Almost six minutes later, a Sequoyah player broke free from the right side, worked inside a Lady Wildcat and then found net in the game's 30th minute, for a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Wildcats appeared stunned for several minutes, but during that time, their keeper Alicia Velasquez turned away several shots to prevent the visitors from stretching their lead.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Stephanie Hicks took a pass and dribbled to the right side and skirted around a Sequoyah defender to about 18 yards from goal and sent an arching shot that sailed over the goalie -- who had shifted to the right side of the box -- and swooped suddenly into the net at the 2:50 mark of the second half.
The Lady Chiefs tried to answer moments later when they worked the ball to just left of the box, and a Sequoyah player fired a bullet right into Velasquez only to see her field it like a shortstop.
Woodland returned the favor the next series when the Lady Wildcats shepherded the ball down field and Hailie Parshall fired a shot that had enough velocity but sailed just over the goal.
The teams continued to showcase their offensive skills several minutes before the action finally settled down and Sequoyah turned to a more deliberate style of play to gnaw away at the clock. The Lady Wildcats kept trying to knot the game but ran out of clock eventually.
Morgan praised Hicks' shot on goal and the way she and the team got back in the game early in the second half.
"She's one of our captains and there's a reason," he said. "We expect that type of effort from all of them."
He also cited the work of Velasquez in goal.
"She did exceptionally well for us," Morgan said. "She came off the line a couple of times and made some big saves. Neither of the goals they scored were any fault of hers and she [kept] us in the game. She's just a sophomore and I hope her best soccer is ahead of us."
Despite the loss, he said, Woodland is making progress in its play. "We just have to learn to put two halves of soccer together."
Woodland next plays Friday against Forsyth Central. Game time is at 5:30 p.m.
Lady Tigers 6, Rockmart 0
The Adairsville Lady Tigers proved too much for visiting Rockmart Tuesday, with the hosts blanking the Lady Yellow Jackets 6-0 in a Region 7A-AA soccer match.
Cherish Lowery got Adairsville on the scoreboard early as she scored in the 21st minute on a Cassidy Greene assist. Lowery added another goal in the 35th minute to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Scoring kicked up a notch even more in the second half, with Adairsville tallying a goal just a minute removed from the locker room. Blake Chagnon booted a 25-yard kick from outside the box to give the Lady Tigers a 3-0 lead in the 41st minute.
Six minutes later, Greene scored on an unassisted goal. Greene wasn't finished, though, and the Adairsville player put another shot in the back of the net, scoring on freshman Emily Sexauer's assist in the 61st minute.
Greene, who had a foot in four Lady Tiger goals, then passed off to Sydney Sumners, who scored in the 65th minute to cap Adairsville's scoring.
While her Lady Tiger teammates provide ample room for a goal or two from the opposition, Becca Ferguson maintained a clean sheet, getting the shutout win in goal.
Adairsville improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the sub-region. The Lady Tigers host Sonoraville Thursday at 5 p.m. in another sub-region match.