Girls soccer recap: Lady Tigers earn soccer record with 12th victory
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Locked in a scoreless tie at halftime, Adairsville roared out of the break to score repeatedly to defeat Coahulla Creek, 5-0, in girls high school soccer play Thursday.

Also, Amber Litteral registered her 10th shutout in goal for the Lady Tigers, who won their 12th game of the season to set a record for the program.

Lance Hall, assistant coach, said the two teams “played between 18s throughout the first half” but that changed.

“Both teams played pretty evenly in the first half, but we switched some kids around to get better matchups in the second half,” he said.

The moves produced results almost immediately as Katie Lawhorn scored the Tigers’ first goal in the 44th minute when she planted a foot on a ball that had bounced off a defender and sent it scurrying for net.

“Katie kind of cleaned up the trash, if you will, and put it on goal for us,” Hall said.

In the 56th minute, Victoria Davis scored off a Haley Pittman assist.

“Victoria came on the back post and, after Haley crossed it, she made a great play,” Hall said.

In the 60th minute, Kaitlyn Webster also reached a rebound and sent it into the net for a 3-0 lead.

In the 70th minute Emily Sexauer made it 4-0 by hitting a PK that was awarded when a Coahulla Creek player was called for a hand ball.

The Lady Tigers wrapped up scoring in the 75th minute when Haley Pittman got a 40-yard breakaway and sent her ball past the goalie.

“She snagged the ball near midfield and outran everybody,” Hall said. “Their keeper got a finger on it but it kind of rolled in to close out scoring.”

Hall said a big part of the victory was due to the play of Adairsville’s fullbacks.

“Sidnee Welchel played a really great job,” the coach said. “All of the fullbacks played well. Sidnee just had one of those outstanding games.”

Adairsville moved to 10-1 in its region with the victory.

The Lady Tigers next play on Tuesday when they visit Rockmart for a “friendly.”

The two teams start play at 5:30 p.m.

Cass 3, Southeast Whitfield 1

Jana Morning is a three-sport standout athlete, excelling in cross country, basketball and now soccer.

The freshman is starting to hit her stride in soccer as she scored a hat trick Thursday at Southeast Whitfield in Cass’ 3-1 victory.

“She’s improved quite a bit,” Cass head Phil Phillips said of Morning. “She’s come in and made really good strides. She’s starting to get the pace of the game.”

However, Southeast Whitfield got on the scoreboard first, scoring just three minutes into the game

“That was surprising. It was just a breakdown,” Phillips said.

Cass evened the score quickly when Brieanna Heaton assisted Morning in the 10th minute for Cass’ first goal. The second goal came one minute later when Sidnee Verass fed Morning to take the lead.

Cass would score again halfway through the second half when Mallary Hedden hit Morning to take a 3-1 advantage.

“It was a much better performance in the second half,” Phillips said. “We were a lot more aggressive and we did a better job of attacking.”

The Lady Colonels are now 6-5-1 and 3-1 in region play.

“We’re in good shape,” Phillips said. “We’re the second seed in our bracket for the region tournament.”

Cartersville 4, Ringgold 1

The Cartersville girls soccer team got off to a sluggish start in Thursday’s game, according to Cartersville head coach Chad Murray.

However, the Lady Canes still were able to shut out region opponent Ringgold and go on to win 4-1 at home.

“It was a good game. It was one of those days. We started off real slow in the first half, but we were much better in the second half,” Murray said. “In the second half, we played against the wind, but we were able to have a solid offensive half.”

Ashton Sanders was able to put in the first goal for Cartersville a minute and a half into the contest.

It did not take long for Cartersville to score another as freshman Payton Putzer scored one of her own in the seventh minute. Putzer has now scored five goals in the three games for the Lady Canes.

Stefanie Will then added a third score in the 10th minute to give Cartersville a 3-1 lead.

Molly Acuff scored the final goal for good measure in the second half with 2:29 remaining to cement the victory.

Chloe Davis and Anna Phillips each had an assist for Cartersville.

The Lady Canes are now 11-1 and 10-0 in Region 5-AAA as they head to Sonoraville Tuesday in another region matchup.