LaGrange ready for championship showdown
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
With a showdown with Columbus High looming, the LaGrange High soccer teams took care of business.
Facing Spencer on Friday night at Callaway Stadium, both LaGrange teams eased to 10-0 victories to improve to 4-0 in Region 2-AAAA.
LaGrange will host Columbus on Wednesday, with the winner of each game capturing the region championship.
Neither LaGrange team has faced much opposition in the region to this point.
The Grangers have outscored their four region opponents 36-2, while the Lady Grangers have won their four region games by a combined score of 37-0.
Columbus’ teams have been just as dominant, setting the stage for Wednesday’s showdowns.
On Friday, the Lady Grangers scored their 10th goal less than 30 minutes into the game, and the game ended at that point because of the mercy rule.
Sydney Ormsby did a lot of the damage for LaGrange with four goals, and she had three assists.
Miller Williamson added three goals, and Myah Kuhn and Tatum Fritchley each had one goal and one assist.
Kyle Russell had a goal, Sam Cottle had two assists, and Maddi Gay had one assist.
Rachel Harry had a shutout in goal for LaGrange.
In the boys’ game, Pearson Knight had a monster effort for LaGrange with five goals on nine shot attempts, and he had an assist.
Davis Knight, Jacob Rogers, Jan Alvarado, Jason Recinos and Dominys Bonilla had one goal apiece. Tripp Holstrom had two assists, and Caleb Kostial, Knight, Cade Hollstrom, Bonilla and Julian Santiago had one assist apiece.
LaGrange head coach Shane Pulliam gave everyone a chance to play, and he was pleased with the way the backup players performed.
“It was good just to see them come in and compete,” Pulliam said. “They’re wanting to prove a point that they’re as good as the guys in front of them. A lot of them are coming in next year to replace those guys.”
Both LaGrange teams know what it takes to win a region championship.
The Lady Grangers won consecutive region titles from 2017 to 2019 and were in position to do it again last year when the season was canceled because of COVID-19.
The Grangers, meanwhile, won a region title in 2019, and they were dominant in region play last year when the season ended prematurely.
LaGrange teams were in Region 5-AAAA the previous four years before making the move to Region 2-AAAA.
“I told our guys, we were the number one team in the region when we shut down,” Pulliam said. “We were dominating in stats. The way I look at it, we were region champs last year, and the year before, and we’ve got a chance to be region champs this year. We need to set the tone in this region, that this is our region.”