In the most exciting game of a busy Bartow County soccer day, the Woodland and Cartersville High school girls soccer teams played to a 5-5 draw Thursday night at the Cartersville Soccer Complex.
Woodland scored three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to earn the tie. Grace Webb scored four goals for Woodland and Tiera Feanny scored one to end a three-game losing streak for the Lady Wildcats.
Micah Vance scored a hat trick for Cartersville, and Kaylyn Donegan and Kendyl Anderson supplied the other two.
Cartersville got off to a fast start, scoring a goal in the first 30 seconds and then another goal soon after to take a 2-0 lead. Woodland came back and tied the score, but Cartersville scored again before halftime to take a 3-2 lead into the break.
Two more goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half for Cartersville put Woodland back in a hole, but Feanny scored with around 18 minutes left and Webb added two more before the final buzzer sounded to end the game in a draw.
"I’m so thrilled. Obviously it’s upsetting to go down but, to me, this is the best game they’ve played so far this year," Woodland first-year head coach Nicole Heiser said of her team. “When you get scored on the first 30 seconds of a game, it’s easy to put your head down. And the fact that we’ve been losing all of our games so far, it would have been really easy for them to give up. But the fact that they kept fighting, scoring three goals in the last 18 minutes, I’m so proud of them."
Cartersville boys 5, Woodland 1
The Cartersville High boys soccer team cruised to a 5-1 home win over Woodland Thursday night.
Alex Rios scored and had two assists in the first half. His first goal came in the 18th minute to get the Canes on the board. Joel Zazueta and Ricardo Torres followed with goals in the 22nd and 32nd minute, respectively, to give Cartersville a 3-0 halftime lead.
Brady Craig added another score for the Canes early in the second half and an own goal made it 5-0 in the 66th minute before Woodland got itself on the board in the last two minutes.
Adairsville girls 6, Gordon Central 1
Sadye Johnson and Cat Wheeler each scored multiple goals for the Adairsville High girls soccer team as the Tigers took a 6-1 home win Thursday night over Gordon Central.
Adairsville got off to a fast start, scoring in the second, fourth, 10th and 25th minutes to take a 4-0 halftime lead.
Two more goals in the 60th and 67th minutes put a bow on the win, although Gordon Central did get one goal in the final minutes to give the game its 6-1 final.