Despite heading into region play without three starters on Friday night, the varsity Lady Tigers were able to handle Fannin County without any problem.
The Lady Tigers got into a rhythm during the second half after what was a bit of a choppy start. Head Coach Jed Lacey ended up with 17 girls playing in the 7-0 shutout.
"We are trying to build for the future and the only way is to get everyone on the field," Lacey said.
Junior Brooke Cagle scored the first and last goals of the game. She opened up the scoring for the Lady Tigers with her fifth goal of the season at 30:19.
"Brooke Cagle scored two goals tonight and I like the way she scored them," Lacey said. "She just kept attacking the net after shots and would not let the ball back out. Her will to score is what we have been waiting on."
Freshman Rachael Rajczak scored a hat trick with goals at 20:25 on an assist from freshman Lindsey LeBaron, at 19:15 on an assist from senior Tina Libao and at 13:38 in the second half on an assist from senior Isabella Elliott.
"Rachael is a sponge," Lacey said. "She just wants to learn as much as she can so she can be the best at what she does. She now has seven goals in her freshman year with still a half a season left and the state playoffs."
Junior Lydia Blythe scored at 8:48 on an assist from freshman Frankie Muldoon. Cagle's second goal finished out the scoring for the Lady Tigers.
"It was nice to get a region win to start our region season," he said. "We started really slow, playing to the speed of Fannin. I was not thrilled about that, but I was pleased as we did pick it up in the second half and started passing and connecting the way we are supposed to."
Freshman Fallan Lacey and sophomore Ashley Stanfill combined at goalkeeper to secure the team's seventh shutout of the season.
The Lady Tigers are now 8-1-1 overall and are now No. 2 in the state in class AAA. They face rivals Lumpkin County at 5:30 p.m. Friday at home.