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Collum breaks career scoring record in Adairsville win

 

The Adairsville High girls soccer team defeated Coahulla Creek 5-0 Thursday night in Tiger Valley, but the region win was far from the most impressive accomplishment in the game.

Emily Collum broke the program's all-time career goal scoring record with her four second-half goals Thursday, surpassing Carrie Freshour.

"She's special. I've coached 200 goal scorers in my career, and Emily's special," Adairsville assistant coach Lance Hall said. "She has just that extra something. She's the best scorer I've ever coached.

"She's been a joy to coach. She's smart. She's a good leader, and she's a competitor."

Collum wasn't the only Lady Tiger to have a strong game, though. Gillian Johnson assisted three of Collum's goals and scored Adairsville's first goal herself in the 19th minute.

The goal was the only one in the first half for Adairsville, as the Tigers were having a hard time cracking the code to the Coahulla Creek defense. 

According to Hall, that changed in the second half thanks to a suggestion by Johnson.

Johnson advised the coaches to move her back from forward to center mid, which they did. Moving from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 seemed to open things up for both Johnson and Collum, as the connection that has worked so well all season again came up big in the second half.

Collum scored a goal in the 45th minute to make the score 2-0, but the next three goals were all assisted by Johnson, including in the 51st, 65th and 73rd minutes.

"They've been playing together since they were in the sixth grade," Hall said of Collum and Johnson. "They've been starters in middle school all the way up, and they've either played midfield or forward together. Gillian is very skilled. She doesn't have Emily's speed, but she controls the ball very well, sees the field very well. 

"They just connect."

While Collum and Johnson were leading the offense, fullback Molly Carter and keeper Havyn Isaac were leading the defense. Isaac had 12 saves in her shutout, including three that Hall said must have been "due to hard play and clean living, because I'm not sure how she got to the ball."

"Defense was awesome," Hall added. "Molly Carter, she's one of our senior captains. Statistically, she's a quiet player, but [head] coach [David] Sexauer told her after the game, 'You probably played as close to as perfect as you could as a defender.'"

Adairsville is now 8-2-2 overall and 5-2 in Region 6-AAA. If the Tigers win out, they'll be the No. 3 seed out of the region. They have a chance to clinch a playoff berth and at least the 4-seed Monday night with a big road game against North Murray. If they lose that game, they'll likely be on the outside looking in at the postseason.

Coahulla Creek 8, Adairsville boys 2

The Adairsville High boys soccer team is on the edge of the playoff picture in Region 6-AAA, currently sitting around fifth place.

Thursday night's loss at home to Coahulla Creek won't help, though, as the Tigers fell by a score of 8-2.

The Colts took a 5-0 lead into halftime, which Tiger head coach Jayme Laney said was partially due to some injuries to key defensive players.

Dani Carrillo scored two for Adairsville on penalty kicks in the second half, but it would be far from enough.

Nic Jackson was tested more than Adairsville would have liked him to be, as the keeper made 18 saves in goal.

The Tigers will return to the pitch Saturday against Sonoraville at home.

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