LaGrange ease to home win
By KEVIN ECKLEBRERRY
It was a relaxing day at the office.
The LaGrange Lady Grangers, playing at Callaway Stadium for the first time in a month, eased past Kendrick 10-0 on Tuesday night in their final game before the start of region play.
LaGrange (3-5 overall) will visit Cedartown on March 15 as it begins its quest for a third consecutive Region 5-AAAA soccer championship.
In Tuesday’s game, Caroline Thompson and Sydney Ormsby combined for six goals, and four other players had one goal apiece.
The Lady Grangers led 6-0 at the half, and they tacked on four more goals in the second half, and the game ended once they had a 10-0 lead.
“We played people in different positions. We moved formations around,” LaGrange coach Colin Ross said. “And we just wanted to get back to basic soccer and play simple. We did that tonight. It allowed us to open up the game and just keep the pressure on their defense.”
It was LaGrange’s first game since Feb. 26 when it lost 7-0 to a strong Starr’s Mill team.
“It was a good night to get back to just feeling good about playing,” Ross said. “I think the girls were a little disheartened after playing Starr’s Mill, which has consistently been one of the best teams in the state. So it was good. We enjoyed ourselves.”
Thompson and Ormsby, LaGrange’s leading scorers during an exceptional 2018 season that ended with a loss to Marist in the second round of the state playoffs, did a bunch of the scoring.
Thompson led the way with four goals, and Ormsby added two goals.
“Caroline Thompson and Sydney Ormsby, they showed their class, and they scored a couple of magnificent goals,” Ross said. “They scored from close-in, and they had a couple of long-range just unstoppable shots. It didn’t matter who was in goal, they were just unstoppable.”
Miller Williamson, Hana Sato, Izzy Pippin and Emma Mathews had one goal apiece.
It was Williamson’s first varsity goal, and Ross said “she had a great game. She was on fire tonight.”
Thompson had two assists, and Sato, Malone Aldridge and Ormsby had one assist apiece.
“Malone Aldridge played out wide and had some great deliveries into the box for us,” Ross said. “And Hana on the other side was putting in some really dangerous balls.”
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