High School Soccer

Weather-suspended East Coweta-Grayson game to resume Thursday

by Doug Gorman

LOGANVILLE—The East Coweta Lady Indians and undefeated and top-ranked Grayson Lady Rams left the field on Wednesday still with some unfinished business.

The two Class AAAAAA soccer semifinalists were supposed to decide who would advance to Saturday’s state championship game. But after 38-plus minutes of play over nearly a three-hour span, the two lineups never got to complete the contest because of heavy rain and lightning.

The game was halted with Grayson holding a 3-2 advantage with 1:09 left in the first half.

It will resume on Thursday at 7 p.m., at Grayson.

The Georgia High School Association bylaws state “Matches that are interrupted by weather or mechanical difficulties will be replayed from the point of interruption unless the team that is behind chooses not to complete the match.”

A first attempt to decide a winner on Wednesday produced two rain delays in the first half that accounted for nearly two hours of waiting before officials agreed to replay the game.

The first came just 13 minutes into the contest with teams quickly trading goals early. The clinching delay arrived again after swapping goals late in the second half while never able to get to the scheduled break in action.

“I thought we played really well considering the conditions,” East Coweta head coach Chris Luppens said.

The Lady Indians got a feel for an undefeated Grayson team that showcased its talent on Wednesday. The top-ranked Lady Rams never trailed while grabbing a quick advantage just eight minutes in the game on Ella Stevens’ successful penalty kick.

Grayson’s Jennifer Westendorf was the catalyst for the Lady Rams scoring twice in the first half.

Ashton Rohrschneider connected on a goal to cut the lead to 3-2 right before the second delay when she took a pass from Haley Roberts.

Seconds after Rohrschneider scored to cut the lead to one, the officials stopped the game for good.

Stevens had opened the scoring when she converted a penalty kick after the Lady Indians were called for an handball in the box.

The Lady Indians to strike right back when Lynnsey Danford converted a shot on a rebound that was set up on Ren Waters’ corner kick to tie the game a 1-1.

Just about four minutes later, the first bolt of lightning appeared in sky, sending both teams to the locker room and fans running for cover.

After the game resumed, both teams had a couple of early scoring chances, with Waters setting up a scoring attempt for the Lady Indians.

Grayson’s leading scorer Amanda Baker had two shots in a span of about two minutes and Stevens also had a shot on goal for the Lady Indians.

Later in the half, Baker had her best scoring chance of the first half when she drilled a shot of the crossbar.

Sam Hoffman was the difference maker in goal for the Lady Indians with six saves in first 25 minutes.

“She did a great job out there,” Luppens said.

East Coweta moved to the Class AAAAA Final Four for the first time in school history with playoff victories against Colquitt County, Hillgrove and Centennial.

With defending Class AAAAA champion Northgate losing to McIntosh, the Lady Indians are now the last hope to bring a second straight title back to Coweta County.



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