Meanwhile, Adairsville exploded offensively both halves against Sonoraville, earning a 9-0 victory just before it entertains Cartersville on Thursday in a region showdown of two teams sporting perfect region records.
Cartersville 5, Gordon Central 1
The Lady Canes and Gordon Central were knotted at halftime at 1-all and Cartersville head coach Chad Murray said his team shifted into a more offense-friendly formation.
“It was like we were sleepwalking in the first half,” Murray said.
The Lady Canes went to a 3-4-3 from a 4-4-2 formation, which positioned an extra striker out for Cartersville to try to put the ball into the net.
“Once we broke the lid off in the second half, the goals came pretty easily,” Murray added.
The coach said having one less defender in his team’s formation in the second half didn’t cost his team.
Cartersville’s Ashton Sanders had scored the game’s first goal, 34:50 into the first half, with an assist by Payton Putzer.
Gordon Central answered with its own goal off a corner kick to knot the game at 1-all.
Sanders scored an unassisted goal off a breakaway at the 32:14 mark of the second half and the Lady Canes held a 2-1 lead.
Stefanie Will found the net 16 minutes later with an assist by Sanders and the Lady Canes held a comfortable lead at 3-1.
Three minutes later Putzer scored off an assist by Will and Cartersville took control of the game with a 4-1 lead.
Elise Sims scored Cartersville’s final goal off a rebound with three minutes left in the contest.
Cartersville improved to 6-1 overall with the victory and has a 5-0 record in the region.
The Lady Canes next play Adairsville on Thursday at Adairsville High. The Lady Tigers were 7-0 entering the evening.
Adairsville 9, Sonoraville 0
Adairsville scored early and often against Sonoraville, defeating the Lady Phoenix, 9-0.
Emily Sexauer scored three goals for the Lady Tigers, who kept their perfect season intact as they prepare for their region showdown Thursday with Cartersville.
Katie Lawhorn lit up the scoreboard first for Adairsville, scoring the game’s first goal in the 12th minute after she crashed in from the back post and headed a corner kick from Sexauer into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Sexauer scored the team’s second goal in the 19th minute on a 22-yard direct kick.
In rapid succession for Adairsville, Haley Pittman scored in the 23rd minute on a 40-yard breakaway, Aimee Pacheco made it 4-0 in the 25th minute off a Lawhorn pass and Sexauer racheted the score up to 5-0 off an assist from Pacheco in the 39th minute.
In the 48th minute, Victoria Davis scored unassisted and in the 56th minute Lawhorn made it 7-0 off a Victoria Davis assist. In the 61st minute Sexauer scored her hat trick with a rocket fired from 18 yards out for an 8-0 lead.
Katelyn Honea scored off a Becca Ferguson cross in 74th minute to close out scoring.
Amber Litteral got the shutout in goal for the Lady Tigers.
Asst. coach Lance Hall said the play by the team’s fullbacks was a big factor in the victory.
“Anything Sonoraville tried to do, our fullbacks found a way to snuff it out,” he said. “Karen Rodriguez had a tremendous game. She was just lights-out for us tonight.”
Adairsville returns to action Thursday when it hosts Cartersville. The game is to start at 5:30 p.m.