High School Soccer
Lady Indians defeat Centennial; Northgate-Starr’s Mill postponed
by Doug Gorman
It was supposed to be a soccer game with major Region 4-AAAAA playoff implications, but fans hoping to watch the Northgate and Starr’s Mill girls soccer teams battle it out Friday night at Henry Seldon Field will have to put those plans on hold for another two weeks.
Thanks to Mother Nature’s wrath, soggy conditions postponed the contest until Monday, April 14, the first day the Lady Vikings return to class from spring break.
When they do finally take the field, the Lady Vikings (10-1, 6-1) will need a victory to secure second place in the Region 4-AAAAA standings and a chance to host a first-round Class AAAAA playoff game.
The defending Class AAAAAA champions entered the week ranked No. 1 in the most recent coaches’ poll, but fell 1-0 to second-ranked McIntosh on Monday in a game that wasn’t decided until nearly the 78th minute of the game when the Lady Chiefs’ scored on an direct kick.
It was the Lady Vikings’ first loss of the season and set the stage for what was suppose to be another grudge match between region opponent Friday night.
Little separates the three schools in distance or in talent, and Starr’s Mill is expected to be another challenge for the Lady Vikings.
Starr’s Mill (12-1, 6-0) entered the week ranked third in the Class AAAAA Coaches’ poll
When the Lady Vikings and the Lady Panthers finally meet fans shouldn’t expect too much scoring.
Through 11 games, Northgate has given up just six goals and had five shutouts thanks to some stellar defense and goalkeeping from Mattea Lewis.
Starr’s Mill is just as stingy on defense.The Lady Panthers have allowed just six goals all season and put together seven straight shutouts.
Reece Weaver and Lily Barron have been among the Lady Vikings’ most potent offensive threats this season.
Although the Lady Vikings have played without junior Katie Mitchell most of the season, she could be back in time for the match with Starr’s Mill.
It’s a good bet Northgate won’t totally look ahead to Starr’s Mill. The Lady Vikings play at home against Mundy’s Mill on Monday before meeting East Coweta in the 2013 Coweta Cup on Tuesday and Newnan next Thursday.
All three Coweta Cups dates will be played Newnan’s Drake Stadium.
A year ago, each team finished 1-1 with the Lady Cougars earning the tiebreaker for the cup title.
LADY INDIANS IN CONTROL OF REGION 3-AAAAAA: When East Coweta’s girls take on Newnan in Monday opening match of the Coweta Cup, there will be more than community pride at stake.
The game also counts toward the region standings, and with a victory, the Lady Indians (8-2, 4-0) will secure a Region 3-AAAAAA title.
East Coweta has won six games in row getting help from strikers Nicole Brandley and SerenityWaters.
The Lady Indians have also played stellar defense against opponents while racking up six shutouts.
Newnan (7-5 overall, 3-1) has other ideas heading into the rivalry .The Lady Cougars are currently third in the Region 3-AAAAAA standings after losing to Douglas County, but could play spoiler with victory and force the region to be settled based on tiebreakers since all three schools would have one loss in the region.
The Lady Cougars are coming into the game fresh off a 3-1 loss against Luella in a non-region game.
Tehgan Anguilm scored twice and Hannah Thomas also added a goal.
The Lady Cougars entered the spring with two seniors — Erin Bright and Rebecca Turner — as regular starters.
LOCAL BOYS TEAMS TRYING TO GET ON TRACK: All three local GHSA boys teams have struggled at times this year.
After going to the Class AAAAA Final Four last season, East Coweta (4-6, 2-2) has been on the wrong end of some heartbreaking losses, dropping all six games by one goal.
Northgate (5-4, 3-3) has lost its last two matches and will try and win Monday against Mundy’s Mill for the first time since taking a 5-0 decision against Lee County on March 22.
Newnan (1-11, 1-3) is under its third coach in as many seasons and is heading into Monday’s Coweta Cup with rival East Coweta trying to break a four-game losing streak.
The Cougars are seeking a way to get their offense on track after being shut out six times.