LaGrange enjoys easy win

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 5, 2014

The LaGrange High girls’ soccer team tuned up for its big region match-up with Carrollton with a lop-sided win over Chattahoochee County on Wednesday at Callaway Stadium.

The Lady Grangers led 7-0 at the half, and Alaina Tomlinson’s goal less than 13 minutes into the second half made it 10-0, and the game was called because of the mercy rule.

On Friday, LaGrange (4-3 overall) will put its 1-1 record in Region 5-AAAA play on the line when it hosts Carrollton.

“We still saw a lot of things we need to work on,” LaGrange coach Rusty Cook said. “It was good to have a game to get prepared to play on Friday.”

Sophomore Reagan Peters had no problem finding the net on Wednesday with five goals.

Lauren Yates added three goals, and Audrey Tomlinson and Alaina Tomlinson had one goal apiece.

“We didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but we played well enough to win,” Cook said. “It was a good game for us.”

The team had to replace seven starters from last season’s team, including the program’s all-time leading scorer in Cassidy Kemp.

“We’ve still got a lot of young players, and we’re still trying to mesh together,” Cook said. “The seniors are stepping up, and we’ve got some younger girls stepping up.”

LaGrange High’s boys’ soccer team, meanwhile, will try to remain unbeaten in the region when it faces Carrollton on Friday.

The Grangers (5-2 overall) are 2-0 in the region after beating Alexander and Shaw.

LaGrange saw its five-game winning streak end with an overtime loss to Stone Mountain on Saturday.

The game went all the way to penalty kicks, with Stone Mountain prevailing.