The Adairsville girls soccer team is in a competitive region, with three teams in Eurosport’s top 10 of Class 3A in Region 6.
Adairsville is one of those teams, ranked eighth, while Sonoraville is seventh.
That set up a marquee matchup Friday at Sonoraville, and the Lady Phoenix got the better of the the Lady Tigers, winning 5-1 in the top-10 matchup.
“[Sonoraville has] improved greatly,” Adairsville assistant Lance Hall said. “They were good and we did a lot of stuff right, we just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in region.
The Lady Phoenix came out on fire, scoring in the very first minute to put Adairsville behind early.
Sonoraville then scored twice more in the first half to lead 3-0 at the break.
“Every kid played hard and every kid did their best, it was just one of those nights,” Hall said.
The Lady Tigers did get a consolation when Katie Lawhorn put a 40-yard free kick in the back of the net nine minutes into the second half.
“[Lawhorn] just put it under the crossbar and out of the reach of the keeper,” Hall said. “She works on it all the time, that’s become her signature skillset.”
It wouldn’t be enough though, as Sonoraville scored twice more before the final whistle and Adairsville had no answer.
The loss removed the Lady Tigers from contention for first place in their tough region, but second place is still within reach, and they’ll take third if they win out even if they don’t get any help.
“So we’re in great shape, but we’re just in a tough region,” Hall said. “We’re a good ballclub, it’s just today we ran into a team that was hitting on all cylinders. They were better than us, no doubt.”