The Lady Purple Hurricanes scored four goals in each half as they improved to 12-1 overall and 11-0 in the region.
Chad Murray, head coach, said the girls continued to play well even after grabbing an early lead.
“I encouraged the girls to play their best regardless of the opponent. They responded and put together two great halves of soccer,” he said.
Scoring for Cartersville were Anna Phillips, who scored in the third minute with an assist from Sydney Miller; Stefani Will, unassisted in the sixth minute; Madison Putzer, assisted by Ashton Sanders in the 13th minute; Chloe Davis, unassisted in the 31st minute; Davis, assisted by Phillips in the 45th minute; Phillips assisted by Putzer in the 55th minute; Will assisted by Miller in the 62nd minute; and Emily Alters, assisted by Kate Garner in the 76th minute.
Although Cartersville has a perfect region record, the Lady Canes are locked in a battle for region supremacy with Adairsville, which has a 10-1 record.
The Lady Canes have four remaining games, with three of them region foes, including Adairsville.
Cartersville’s next game is Monday, April 14, against Rome.
The Canes and Lady Tigers close out their regular season on April 22 in a match that will be played at Cartersville.
Adairsville 8, Rockmart 0
The Adairsville girls soccer team did not expect to win so handily Tuesday night at Rockmart.
However, the Lady Tigers were able to outperform their own expectations in an 8-0 non-region victory.
“We had a couple of girls out sick and we just didn’t expect that,” Adairsville assistant coach Lance Hall said. “We played every kid that came with us at least 40 minutes. We really didn’t expect this. We expected to win, but we thought it would be closer.”
Haley Pittman connected with Katelyn Webster in the seventh minute to put Adairsville on the board. Katie Lawhorn then kicked a corner to Pittman for the second goal in the 13th minute.
“Then the game settled down. It was played between the 18s,” Hall said of the play after Adairsville’s first two goals. “It was really kind of exciting.”
However, the Lady Tigers would remove all excitement from the contest in the 30th minute when they scored on another corner kick, this time Victoria Davis connected with Katelyn Honea for the goal.
Two minutes later, fullback Blake Chagnon scored from 45 yards out to give Adairsville a 5-0 advantage.
“[Chagnon] noticed the keeper was off line and put it in the upper left 90. It hit the bar and bounced in. She just took a gamble,” Hall said. “Any time you got a fullback scoring, everything just kind of went our way. Every throw-in just went our way. Every loose ball went to a green shirt.”
Adairsville scored again in the 34th minute when Emily Sexauer scored on a penalty kick after Rockmart was called for a handball in the box.
Sexauer then scored another goal when she noticed the Rockmart keeper was off her line. Sexauer scored from 40 yards out and Adairsville took a 6-0 lead into halftime.
In the 53rd minute, Sexauer connected with Natalie Sanchez for Adairsville’s seventh goal.
“It was just a really nice give-and-go,” Hall said.
Webster finished off the scoring surge with the final goal in the 67th minute on a breakaway.
Goalkeeper Amber Litterell recorded her 11th shutout of the season in the win.
Adairsville is now 13-1 and 10-1 in region play.