Late goal lifts Callaway to home win

Published 12:40 am Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Keeley McGuffin’s goal with less than two minutes to play lifted Callaway High’s girls’ soccer team to a dramatic 4-3 home win over Temple on Friday night.

It was a big win for the Lady Cavaliers, who improved to 2-3 in Region 5-AA with one region game remaining against Haralson County.

Callaway, which lost to Temple 6-5 earlier this season, can finish as high as second in the region, which means it would host a game in the state playoffs.

In Friday’s game, Temple was trailing 3-1 in the second half when it scored two goals to pull even.

With time running out, McGuffin found herself on a breakaway and in a one-on-one situation with the Temple goal keeper, and she slammed the ball into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.

That was the culmination of a monster night for McGuffin, who scored all four of Callaway’s goals.

McGuffin scored twice in the first half as Callaway built a 2-0 lead, and the junior scored again in the second half to push the lead to 3-1.

Temple got within one with a goal with 21:03 to play, and it notched the tying goal with 4:28 remaining.

In the end, though, it was a winning night for a team with a lot of inexperienced players.

“It’s huge, because we’ve got a lot of new younger girls,” McGuffin said. “Over half of the team are freshmen.

“Most of them have never really played before. It makes me feel good that the girls kind of look up to me.”

In Friday’s boys’ game, it was Temple finishing off the regular-season sweep of Callaway with a 4-2 win.

Callaway fell to 1-4 in Region 5-AA, and it will finish region play with a game at Haralson County.

If Callaway wins that game, it will finish third in the region.

In Friday’s game, Callaway rallied from a 3-0 deficit to get within one in the second half before Temple scored the final goal.

Trailing 3-0, Callaway got a goal from Grayson Batchelor to make it a 3-1 game, and that was the score at the half.

In the second half, Journee Jordan scored on an assist from Batchelor to get the Cavaliers within one, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

Batchelor and Jordan, who are both freshmen, lead Callaway with five goals apiece this season.