The 3-2 loss closes the books on an almost magical season for the Lady Tigers, who earned an 18-2 overall record that included a 5-AAA regular season title and a state playoff game, which they hosted.
“We played well, but we played against a quality team that was physical and intense,” David Sexauer, Adairsville head coach, said. “They controlled play in the first half and we struggled. At halftime we made a few adjustments and came out a different team. We answered their two goals in the second half and ended regulation play tied and lost it in the PK (penalty kick) phase. We wish we could get the first half back. We didn’t have their intensity then. It wasn’t enough to tie them late in regulation play.
“You never know what will happen in penalty kicks.”
He said while Adairsville didn’t win as a team, there was a lot of good play by the Lady Tigers.
“Cherish Lowery played very well for us,” he said. “We were proud of her effort. We scored from both sides of our formations. We just came up a goal short.”
The Lady Tigers didn’t get the result they wanted Friday night, but they still had a very successful season.
“I’m proud of what they accomplished this year,” Sexauer said. “This was only our second loss for the year. We ended the season with a lot of accomplishments.”
White County opened scoring in the game’s 19th minute.
“They had a corner kick that we didn’t clear,” assistant coach Lance Hall said. “It kind of bounced around and made its way into the back of the net.”
White County carried that 1-0 lead into halftime.
It scored its second goal in the 44th minute off a rebound.
Adairsville responded to the challenge four minutes later when Haley Pittman scored off a breakaway.
“Haley got a pass 35 yards out and beat the fullback, then went in and shot,” Hall said.
The Lady Tigers scored their second goal minutes later when Aimee Pacheco tapped in a ball she received from Karen Rodriguez.
Neither team scored during overtime and the matter was resolved in the penalty kick phase.
Emily Sexauer made the first PK and was matched by White County.
Adairsville missed its second attempt and White County was successful.
Katie Lawhorn made a PK for Adairsville, keeper Amber Litteral thwarted one shot and Lowery made her attempt.
Adairsville missed its final attempt and White County found net with its attempt to claim the victory.