Adairsville makes region noise beating Ringgold, 4-1
by David Royal
Mar 09, 2014 | 943 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville kept its season perfect with a big region win over Ringgold, 4-1, in girls high school soccer play Saturday.

The win improved the Lady Tigers’ overall record to 7-0 and region record to 5-0.

Head coach David Sexauer said it was a good victory for the program and could help the team reach its goals at the end of the season.

“They are a quality team, and there’s always a sense of rivalry between us and Ringgold,” Sexauer said. “They finished second in the region last year, so we knew they’d be one of the best teams out there coming into this year. So 4-1 is a great win for us.”

The Lady Tigers proved explosive in the early going as Sydney Sumners scored the game’s first goal off a pass that Emily Sexauer placed between her and goal about three minutes into the contest.

Sumners took the pass and fired a bullet past the Ringgold keeper and the Lady Tigers held a 1-0 lead that lasted until about the game’s 17th minute.

That’s when Ringgold scored its first and only goal of the night on a breakaway that knotted the game at 1-all.

About a minute later Adairsville responded with a goal by Haley Pittman, who drew an assist from Aimee Pacheco, and the Lady Tigers held the lead once again, 2-1.

Pittman scored the team’s third goal unassisted and Adairsville had a comfortable 3-1 lead that lasted until the break. Pacheco was credited with the game’s final goal in the 46th minute.

Keeper Amber Litteral picked up the win in goal.

The Lady Tigers had to overcome a little adversity in picking up the victory.

“We came into the game with a couple of girls unavailable due to injuries and we had to move some girls around a little bit,” Sexauer said. “The injuries and the fact we were trying out another formation ... put a little bit of a variable on the game.”

Sexauer said Adairsville has been staying focused on playing the game and that has helped it this season.

“We’re right where we want to be, and we’ve had only one goal scored on us in region play. We can’t do a whole lot better than that, so I’m really proud of our girls and what they’ve accomplished so far,” he said. “We reminded them that every game it’s anybody’s game and you have to be prepared for each and every game and not to lean on that record too much.”

The coach said the team is aware that the season can hold surprises as foes tweak their game the second time they play you.

“It’s always a little different game the second time you meet a team,” he said. “They know you and you know them, and the team that makes the best adjustments usually prevail the second time.”

Ringgold dropped to 3-4 overall but is still a viable 3-2 in its region.

Adairsville is to visit Sonoraville on Tuesday with their game to start at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Tigers then play Cartersville on Thursday in another region game that could have post-season implications. The two teams tangle at 5 p.m. in Tiger Valley. Both are currently undefeated in the region.