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Riverview Middle girls crowned champs
RMS Girls Soccer pic
Riverview player Rachel Rajczak strikes a shot on goal in last weeks championship game against Fannin County. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

The Riverview Middle School girls' soccer team has been crowned champions of the North Georgia Mountain League.

Coach John Lundy's team convincingly took a 10-0 win over Fannin County to capture the title March 26 on their home field.

This is the fifth league championship for Riverview over the last six years.

The Lady Eagles won the title last season with a 10-2 record.

Riverview finished the season with an 11-0 record. The team scored an amazing 100 goals this season, while not allowing any goals scored against them.

"After our seventh game, we had 60 goals, but I was afraid the girls were going to get a bit complacent so I suggested we shoot for the 100 goals and the girls were all for it. They really stepped up after that," Lundy said.

Riverview took a commanding 5-0 lead at halftime. The lead could have been more, but several shots on goal and a penalty kick were missed by the Lady Eagles.

Katie Clouse got the Lady Eagles on the board first with a goal at the 25:05 mark of the first half.

Eleven minutes later, Emma Martin blasted a shot by the Fannin goalie to make the score 2-0 with 14:58 left before halftime.

Martin recorded three goals in the contest.

Rachel Rajczak scored the next three goals at 13:12, 7:54 and 2:28 to give Riverview a commanding 5-0 lead as the buzzer sounded for intermission.

Rajczak added a fourth goal in the second half. Rajczak finished the season with 25 goals.

The Lady Eagles piled on the offense in the second half on goals by Martin, Rajczak, Mackenzie Kimbarl and Piper Wright.

The game was stopped with 16:38 remaining because of the "mercy rule" for middle school athletics.

Lundy said his team's defense has stood out to him as much as its offense.

"It's hard to talk about the offense without talking about the defense. They go hand in hand, especially this year. Every player played on both sides of the ball and was very patient with me moving them all around. One of our goals was to not give up a goal which was really important to me."

Leading the defense for Riverview were Piper Wright, Alexa Elliott, Roxie Fricton, Bailey Hurst, Kinsey Beatty and Kimbarl.

"On offense, Katie Clouse, Maggie Wright, Rachel Rajczak and Emma Martin really helped drive the ball. To be honest, it took all 16 players to accomplish the goals we set with the most important ones including to have a great time and winning a championship," Lundy said.