From Staff Reports
Coahulla Creek High School’s boys soccer team wasted no time scoring Monday night at Ringgold.
The Colts needed just nine seconds to post their first goal.
Sadoth Fraire booted the ball beyond Ringgold’s defenders immediately after the kickoff, and Pedro Garcia chased it down and scored on his second touch. It was a good start for the Colts on their way to a 2-0 win against the Tigers.
The goal was Garcia’s 25th of the season. He leads the Colts (12-5, 10-4 Region 5-3A) in scoring.
“That is certainly a good way to start the game,” said Colts coach Eric Parker, whose team lost 1-0 to North Murray this past Friday. “After our last game, not being able to score, it’s good to score in nine seconds.”
Jo-An Barcenas scored on a penalty kick later in the first half.
“We attacked all night and had a lot of opportunities but didn’t get them to go,” Parker said. “We felt pretty comfortable. We controlled possession.”
Coahulla Creek, which has already clinched the region’s No. 3 seed, outshot Ringgold 34-3.
• Morris Innovative boys 1, Dade County 1 (4-3): Eduardo Padilla played keeper for the Tigers during the penalty kick shootout and made the save that proved to be the difference in their regular season finale.
Miguel Villafuerte scored Morris Innovative’s lone goal in regulation and the teams went scoreless in the two five-minute periods of overtime. Converting penalty kicks in the shootout for the Tigers (8-9, 7-9 Region 7-2A) were Villafuerte, David Alonzo, Elmer Hernandez and Pedro Ulloa. Danny Alonzo was in goal through regulation and into overtime and finished with eight saves.
The year marked a huge turnaround for the Tigers, who went 1-13 in their inaugural season in 2012.
• Dade County girls, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Tigers finished their first season of play 1-16 overall and 1-15 in Region 7-2A.
• Gordon Central girls 1, North Murray 1 (1-0): Megan Pittman scored in regulation on an assist from Jessenia Gaspar, but Gordon Central netted a goal during the penalty-kick shootout to take the win.
Amber Bandy had three saves in goal during the shootout, but the Lady Mountaineers, who fell to 1-11 overall and 1-10 in Region 5-3A, came up short on penalty kicks.
• Ringgold girls 1, Coahulla Creek 0: The Lady Tigers scored in the first half, spoiling Melissa Cabrera’s great day in goal — she made 18 saves — for Coahulla Creek (6-12, 5-9 Region 5-3A).
• North Murray’s boys soccer team won by forfeit against Gordon Central and secured at worst a tie atop the final Region 5-3A standings.
The Warriors’ season was canceled earlier this spring due to hazing allegations, according to a Calhoun Times report.
The Mountaineers (13-3, 12-1) are currently in first place and one game ahead of Cartersville, which split the seasons series with North Murray. The Mountaineers finish the season at home Wednesday against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. A win clinches North Murray’s second consecutive region championship.
• Christian Heritage 13, Trion 7: The Lions (12-9, 9-6 Sub-region 6A-A) scored 11 runs in the third inning and locked up the No. 3 seed from their half of the region.
Christian Heritage allowed five runs in the first but more than doubled that in the third to take a 12-6 lead. Tre Mason had a monster day, going 4-for-5 with five RBIs, while Ian Robbins also went 4-for-5.
Michael McKinney went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Brady Souther was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Christian Heritage had 15 hits total.
Spencer Robbins earned the win on the mound, pitching 4 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs (four earned) off 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts. McKinney pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed one unearned run off two hits and one walk while striking out two.
“Today was a perfect example of getting down and turning it around,” Lions coach Noah Stokes said. “It’s easy in those situations to feel like it’s not your day. Then we made them feel that way.
“We didn’t play perfectly in the field in the first inning and that led to some of their runs, but we were able to hit the ball and came back to get a big region win.”
Christian Heritage will play Sub-region 6B’s No. 3 seed in a region crossover matchup on Friday, Stokes said, but whether or not the Lions make the state playoffs is determined by their power rating.
The top 16 teams in each power rating poll — one for public and another for private — make their respective brackets. Christian Heritage was ninth in the most recent poll on April 16.
• Ridgeland 9, Southeast Whitfield 5: Blake Foster went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run plus an RBI double, but it wasn’t enough to give the Raiders (6-17, 3-12 Sub-region 7B-4A) a late-season sweep of the sub-region series.
Tyler Hale pitched five innings for Southeast, allowing all the runs — six earned — off 10 hits while walking four and striking out three. Foster pitched two innings and allowed just one hit while striking out one.
At the plate, Hale went 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Jose Vargas added a two-run single for the Raiders, who beat Ridgeland twice last week.
The Raiders close their season at home today in a Region 7-4A crossover doubleheader versus Gilmer at 5 p.m.