Thursday’s girls high school soccer game at Calhoun was a meaningless game for Adairsville with the Lady Tigers already locked into the fourth and final state playoff position out of Region 6-AAA.
Still, facing a rival, a wind-aided goal and a couple of contested calls on two other goals made Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Yellow Jackets a frustrating one for Adairsville.
“The soccer gods did not smile on us today,” Adairsville assistant Lance Hall said of the game.
Playing between intermittent rain, Calhoun was able to get on the board in the seventh minute with a shot from about 35 yards out that escaped the grasp of Adairsville keeper Havyn Isaac.
“[Adairsville head coach David Sexauer] is a military aviator, and he estimated the wind was about 30 knots at their back, and I don’t think the [Calhoun] girl shot it because the wind caught it,” Hall said of the first goal. “The wind literally took it out of Havyn’s hands. Havyn was in position.”
Calhoun’s next goal came soon after in the 12th minute after a penalty kick on a contested call.
“All I can say about that is I’m not sure what happened,” Hall said of Calhoun’s second score. “It looked like to us it was a 50-50 ball in the box, and next thing you know, they got a PK.”
The game went into halftime with the Yellow Jackets ahead by a score of 2-0, and Calhoun went into a defensive formation.
“After they went up 2-0, they parked the bus. They literally had seven girls behind the ball. That’s what I would have done too,” Hall said. “Anything we tried to get going, they just kicked it out of bounds, frustrated us. It was a good game plan.”
Calhoun put the final tally on the board six minutes into the second half, once again on a contested call as the Adairsville players felt the ball never crossed the line on a long Calhoun shot.
Isaac had eight saves in goal, and Hall said Adairsville played strong defense, but was beat by a couple of long shots and the penalty kick.
Despite the loss, Adairsville is headed for its fifth consecutive state tournament appearance. The Lady Tigers will next face Ringgold today at home and then travel to take on Jackson County on Tuesday.