Last updated: March 28. 2014 1:29AM - 732 Views
By Kevin Eckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



LaGrange's Madeline Marshall fights for the ball during the first half of Thursday's 2-0 loss to Columbus.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange's Madeline Marshall fights for the ball during the first half of Thursday's 2-0 loss to Columbus.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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The LaGrange Lady Grangers stood toe-to-toe with a powerful Columbus soccer team on Thursday, but they were unable to pull off the monumental win.


Columbus, which is ranked second in the state in Class AAAA, scored a pair of second-half goals to capture the 2-0 victory.


Columbus remains atop the Region 5-AAAA standings, while LaGrange (5-7 overall) fell to 2-4 in the region, with one region game remaining against Troup.


“We played really well,” LaGrange coach Rusty Cook said. “We played defensively, but we still had some chances to score on offense. Reagan (Peters) did a good job up top for us.”


In the first half, LaGrange fought Columbus to a 0-0 draw.


Columbus got goals from Nada Elrhalami and Lane Burbrink in the second half to secure the win.


“Our defense, and Sarah Kate (Doerr) in goal, played a great game,” Cook said.


The Lady Grangers are off until April 8 when they host Spalding County, and they’ll play Troup on April 11.


While it’s a long shot for LaGrange to make the state playoffs, it has a chance to finish the regular season strong with five games remaining.


“We’ve got some good competition coming up,” Cook said.


 
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