From Staff Reports
Murray County High School’s girls soccer team had an offensive breakthrough near the end of the first half of Wednesday’s Region 7-2A matchup at Chattooga.
They carried it through to the second half for a 4-1 victory that kept them high in the region standings.
Cheyenne Sancho and Raven Henry each scored twice for Murray County (6-3, 6-1), while Nayeli Jacobo had a pair of assists. Elizabeth Lara also set up a goal.
Sancho’s first goal came with a little less than 10 minutes to play before halftime, and Henry followed through with her first score a little more than a minute later.
Sancho scored again 12 minutes into the second half. Chattooga cut the lead to 3-1 midway through the half, but Henry notched her second goal inside the final two minutes.
Murray County beat Chattooga 10-0 earlier this season, but coach Mandy Ledford said her team’s opponent was much better since losing that matchup.
“I’m just really proud of the girls staying mentally focused and coming back in the second half and regrouping,” she said. “I’m proud of them for not giving up. They got a little frustrated from time to time, but that’s part of the game of soccer. We had some really nice plays.”
• Murray County boys 9, Chattooga 0: The boys completed the road sweep in dominant fashion, with Jose Ruiz’s five-goal performance leading the way.
Ruiz had three goals by halftime, as did Alberto Soto. Humberto Alvarez scored Murray County’s other goal and also had an assist, while Roberto Zuniga was in goal for the shutout.
Murray County (6-2-1, 6-1) outshot Chattooga 22-3.
“It was a well-played game,” Murray County coach Marco Burgueno said. “Lots of passing. So they did a good job today as far as playing as a team and sharing the ball.”
• Christian Heritage 5, Walker 0: The Lions (5-6) were strong in all phases as they won the Region 6-A crossover game at home, with Michael McKinney’s performance on the mound the highlight.
He allowed just two hits and faced one over the minimum — a double play cleared the bases of one runner — while striking out five in a complete-game effort.
“We had lost two in a row,” Christian Heritage coach Noah Stokes said. “... With him being a senior, it was very important he go out and help us turn things around. That’s what we needed and he delivered.”
McKinney was backed by error-free defense.
At the plate, Nich Bartley went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Chase Tidwell drove in two runs. The Lions, who collected six hits, scored two runs in both the second and fifth and added their final run in the sixth.
“It was a solid win,” Stokes said. “It’s good to get back to that side of things.”
• Southeast Whitfield’s Megan Collins shot an 8-over-par 44 to earn medalist honors and lead the Lady Raiders to a 161-169 victory in a nine-hole match against Gordon Lee at Nob North in Cohutta.
Bethany Reddix (56) and Hannah Dempsey (61) also scored for the Lady Raiders.
In the boys match, Gordon Lee shot a 172 for a four-stroke victory against Southeast.
Scoring for the Raiders were Andrew Head (42), Eric Sosebee (42), Cameron Maynard (46) and Jackie Stephens (46). Three Gordon Lee players shot a 42, making for a five-way tie for medalist honors in the competition.
• Coahulla Creek boys 5, Gordon Central 0: The Colts (8-3, 8-3 Region 5-3A) cruised at home behind singles wins from No. 1 Chase Lynch, 6-2, 6-1, No. 2 Jake Mathis, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura, 6-0, 6-1, plus a doubles sweep by No. 1 Austin Turner and Donovan Newby, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 Andy Dixon and Austin Lansing, who accepted a forfeit.
• Coahulla Creek girls 5, Gordon Central 0: The Lady Colts (5-6, 5-6) also rolled, getting singles wins from No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Katherine Sheppard, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 3 Vanessa Suarez, 6-0, 6-3, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Madison Zerbe and Hannah Locke, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 2 Sydney Storey and Olivia Hughes, 8-1 in pro-set play.
• North Murray boys 3, Sonoraville 2: The Mountaineers (6-1, 5-1 Region 5-3A) picked up the road win behind singles victories from No. 1 Drew Mosteller, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 3 Dylan Davis, 6-4, 6-3, plus a doubles wins from No. 2 Wesley Ross and Mark Lents, 7-5, 6-4.
• Sonoraville girls 3, North Murray 2: The Lady Mountaineers (3-4, 2-4) came up short on the singles courts but swept doubles with wins from No. 1 Lindsey Ray and Andrea Dunn, 6-2, 6-1, and No. 2 Kara Deal and Hannah Hensley, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0.
• LaFayette girls 3, Northwest Whitfield 2: Winners for the Lady Bruins (4-4, 2-2 Sub-region 7B-4A) were No. 3 Sara Richards, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 2 Valerie White and Halley Henderson, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
• LaFayette boys 3, Northwest 2: The Bruins (3-5, 1-3) were swept at singles but won both doubles courts with victories from No. 1 Thomas Blackwell and Chris Brown, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 2 Blake Frankenberger and Cody Bourff, 6-4, 6-2.
• Armuchee girls 5, Murray County 0: Murray County fell to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in Region 7-2A.
• Armuchee boys 5, Murray County 0: Murray County fell to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in Region 7-2A.