It was a bit strange for the Cartersville girls soccer team to open Region 5-AAAA play so early, but the Canes took care of business and possibly set the tone for a solid season.
The Canes blasted Troup County on the road by a 10-0 final score Tuesday, needing roughly 65 of the 80 minutes to invoke the mercy rule against the hosts.
"It's good to send a message early in the region," Cartersville coach Chad Murray said.
Cartersville (2-0, 1-0) scored five goals apiece in each half with three coming in about a seven-minute flurry early in the second half.
Senior Marissa Mowry scored four times for the Canes.
A pair of sophomores each struck twice, as Micah Vance and Linet Chege both had two goals. Seniors Rebecca Hays and Ansley Roper found the net once each to finish out the scoring.
Cartersville hits the road again Friday to face Chestatee at 6 p.m.
Cartersville boys 9, Troup 0
Pedro Ghanem continued his incredible scoring rate to open the season with six goals in Cartersville's 9-0 win in Region 5-AAAA action at Troup County on Tuesday.
It gives the sophomore 10 goals in three games — 12 in four if you count the team's scrimmage.
Ghanem scored the game's first four goals, opening the scoring in the 13th minute. He then added a pair of goals in the 31st minute before adding a fourth in the 37th.
Freshman Bill Archer scored the first of his two goals in the final minute of the first half for a 5-0 halftime lead.
Senior Grant Farmer got on the scoresheet in the 48th minute.
Ghanem then claimed his fifth tally in the 59th minute.
Archer and Ghanem rounded out the scoring inside the final three minutes with goals in the 77th and 78th minutes, respectively.
Sophomore Ethan Eckert had the shutout in goal for Cartersville (2-1, 1-0), which heads to Chestatee for an 8 p.m. game Friday.