The Adairsville High girls soccer team has been the most successful program at Adairsville the past couple of years, and while some of the players that were state quarterfinalists the last two seasons return, there are also several new faces for the Lady Tigers.
That didn’t seem to slow the team down Tuesday, though, as Adairsville defeated Gordon Central at home 4-0 to open the season.
There was no scoring until the 35th minute, when Gillian Johnson put one in from the top of the penalty box to finally get on the board.
After going awhile without scoring, the next goal would come quickly with reigning Daily Tribune News Player of the Year Emily Collum getting her first goal of the year in the 38th minute off an assist from Lauren Stephenson.
“Lauren Stephenson played just awesome,” Adairsville assistant Lance Hall said. “She started out as fullback, and we moved her up to center mid, just trying to get some matchups that were favorable for us, and that kind of sparked our scoring at the end of the first half.”
Like Collum and Johnson, another one of Adairsville’s top guns returning is Chloe Cochran, and she got on the board in the 54th minute when she let one fly from about 35 yards out.
Collum then put the finishing touches on the win with a breakaway goal in the 77th minute.
Havyn Isaac, fresh off basketball season, continued her stellar career as the goalkeeper for the Lady Tigers with a shutout to open the season.
While Adairsville returns several standout players, Hall said the team is still trying to figure things out with new players entering the mix.
“We just played, moved kids around, between illness and injuries, and also trying new kids at new positions,” he said. “Honestly, [head] coach [David] Sexauer was saying, we didn’t know what to expect. Nine freshmen, six seniors played tonight.”
Adairsville will look to continue to integrate the new players when it returns to action Thursday at Dalton.
Gordon Central 4, Adairsville boys 0
The Adairsville High boys soccer team lost its opener at home Tuesday night by a final of 4-0.
The Tigers will have seven days off before playing again at home against Bremen.