LaGrange’s Thompson off to fast start
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
She’s picking up where she left off.
Coming off a year when she scored 30 goals and was named the Region 5-AAAA player of the year, LaGrange High’s Caroline Thompson looks like she could be headed for another memorable season.
Thompson had five goals during Saturday’s 9-3 home win over Benjamin Russell (Ala.), and she has seven goals in three games.
LaGrange improved to 2-1 with Saturday’s win, and it isn’t scheduled to play again until Feb. 27 when it hosts Northside-Columbus.
LaGrange opened the season with a 3-2 win over Whitewater, and Thompson, Malone Aldridge, and Sydney Ormsby had one goal apiece.
Ormsby, who has committed to Columbus State, had two assists, and Allison Baker had one assist.
LaGrange then lost to East Coweta 6-2, with Thompson and Kylie Russell each scoring goals, and those same two also had one assist apiece.
LaGrange broke out offensively against Benjamin Russell, scoring five goals in the first half, and four more in the second.
Thompson took seven shots in the game, and five of them found the back of the net.
Hana Sato added two goals, and Aldridge and Miller Williamson each had one goal.
Ormsby didn’t have a goal, but she did a great job of setting the table for her teammates with five assists.
Aldridge and Tatum Fritchley each had one assist.
BOYS SOCCER: LaGrange participated in the Vestavia Hills (Ala.) Invitational last weekend, and it split its two matches.
After losing to Huntsville 2-0 on Friday, LaGrange returned to the field a day later and got an impressive 2-1 victory over a Fort Payne team that was ranked first in Class AAAAAA in Alabama.
LaGrange got two first-half goals from Tripp Hollstrom, with Johnny McDonald and Logan Lopez delivering the assists.
Fort Payne got a late goal to get within one, but LaGrange held on for the win.
LaGrange (3-1) went 2-1 last week, and that included a 3-2 win over Starr’s Mill, which played for a state championship last season.