LHS soccer teams travel to Opelika
Published 11:10 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
With their region championships in the bag, LaGrange High’s soccer teams traveled across the state line to take on Opelika on Monday.
In two hard-fought games, LaGrange’s boys’ team fell to Opelika 3-2, while the girls’ game ended in a 2-2 tie.
In the boys’ game, the Grangers were hoping to add to a winning streak that had reached nine games.
Six of those wins came against Region 5-AAAA opponents, including Friday’s showdown with Sandy Creek.
LaGrange won that game 4-1 to win the region title with a 6-0 record.
The short-handed Grangers (11-3-2), who were without two starters, hung tough on Monday, but it was the Bulldogs escaping with the win.
Opelika had a 2-0 lead in the first half, and LaGrange rallied to pull even in the second half.
Midway through the second half, the Bulldogs notched the go-ahead goal, and the Grangers were unable to answer.
Johnny McDonald and Josue Recinos each had a goal and an assist for LaGrange.
In the girls’ game, Malone Aldridge and Caroline Thompson scored for LaGrange.
LaGrange has won three consecutive Region 5-AAAA championships, and it is 18-0 against region opponents during that stretch.
LaGrange will host Auburn on Wednesday before closing the regular season at Smiths Station on Thursday.
Both LaGrange teams will host a first-round game in the state tournament next week.