April 8, 2014

Dalton soccer too much for Allatoona

Devin Golden

— Considering how lopsided the action was, maybe Dalton High School’s boys soccer team should’ve beaten Allatoona by a larger margin.

Converting chances — or the lack thereof — was about the only possible complaint Tuesday for the Catamounts.

Dalton, the 2013 Class 4A state champion, scored its third goal early in the second half and added one more late for a 4-1 victory at Harmon Field over its Class 5A opponent. The win keeps the program undefeated through its past 35 matches and gives Southeast Whitfield the next shot at beating Dalton when the Sub-region 7B-4A rivals play Friday at Raider Stadium in a game which has no bearing on the sub-region standings.

Dalton center midfielder Eder Mora sent a laser from the left side of the 18-yard penalty box low and inside the far post for a 3-1 lead at the 43rd minute. That was the first threatening chance for the Catamounts (12-0-1) post halftime after scoring just twice from a bevy of close opportunities and 14 total shots in the first half.

“It’s kind of frustrating to not score when you’re getting chances,” Dalton coach Matt Cheaves said, “but then you have to relax.”

Dalton center defender Pepe Gardea finished the scoring with a header in the 77th minute.

With the way Dalton played on defense and in the midfield, the two first-half goals were more than enough. A program coming off a run to the state quarterfinals a year ago, Allatoona (9-3) only took two shots in the first half and one in the second 40 minutes. Throughout the game, the Catamounts played poised, controlling possession, forcing the Buccaneers to play the chasing role in a game of keep-away.

“Defensively, we played great,” Cheaves said. “We took care of the things in the back that we needed to.”

In the first half, Dalton earned multiple crosses to the front of the goal that ended up as missed opportunities. In the 12th minute, Dalton scored when Mora’s lob behind the defense set up striker Justen Macias for a flick past Allatoona goalkeeper Mitch Feathers.

Allatoona only took five minutes to accrue its first chance and make the most of it. A deep throw-in in front of the Dalton goal was deflected by a swarm of players and Griffin Rousseau finished in an open net for a 1-1 tie.

Dalton didn’t regain the lead for 20 minutes. A free kick from Mora sent in front of Allatoona’s goal found the head of Gardea, but Feathers made the deflecting save. Midfielder Victor Solis’ rebound shot also was deflected by Feathers, but striker Josh Satterfield was in perfect position to finish the play with a goal.

“Dalton was clearly better than us,” Allatoona coach Erik Fridborg said. “They’re bigger, stronger and faster than us. We were just trying to get a better second half of moving the ball around. We knew they’d probably get their goals.”

Feathers made eight saves for Allatoona, and Dalton goalkeeper Samuel Fraire had a quiet day with just one save.

Dalton girls 2, Ringgold 0: The Lady Catamounts (8-3-1) scored early, and didn’t take long scoring again before relying on sound defense.

Deanna Marquez scored in the fifth minute off a rebound and Faby Torres made it 2-0 in the 18th minute when she scored off a deflection from a corner kick.

Like the boys, Dalton plays Southeast on Friday in the last regular-season match before next week’s Region 7-4A tournament.

“I think we’ve seen a lot of times during the season where we start getting a little disorganized,” Dalton coach Tony Carlson said. “Our message is use these two games this week to prepare for the region tournament, and part of that is staying controlled and staying composed. I saw that tonight.”

Dalton took 22 shots to Ringgold’s six, and goalkeeper Alex Brumbelow made three saves for the Lady Catamounts.

Mount Paran Christian boys 10, Christian Heritage 0: The Lions fell to 0-9 overall and 0-8 in Area 7-A play with the home loss.

Baylor (Chattanooga) boys 1, Northwest Whitfield 0: Jose Marquez made three saves in goal for the Bruins (5-6-3), who matched their visitors in shots on goal, with eight, but were unable to capitalize.

• Murray County’s boys and girls varsity matches against Region 7-2A foe Pepperell were postponed due to wet field conditions. A makeup date has not been set.

• Results from Christian Heritage’s girls match against visiting Mount Paran Christian were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.


Sonoraville 10, Coahulla Creek 0: The Colts (4-13, 1-7 Region 5-3A) managed just two hits in a road loss shortened to six innings by the mercy rule. Braiden Jacobs took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts in four innings.

• Two Sub-region 7B-4A games involving local teams — Northwest at Dalton and Southeast Whitfield at Heritage-Catoosa — were postponed due to wet field conditions. Both games will be played at 5:30 p.m. today.

• Results from Murray County’s Region 7-2A game at Calhoun were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.


Dalton girls 137, Heritage 158: Mable McKone shot a 7-over-par 43 on the front nine at Dalton Golf and Country Club to lead the Lady Cats to the victory.

McKone’s score was combined with Carson Roberts and Baylee Mitchell, who each shot a 47, in the four-play, three-score format.

Northwest, which doesn’t have three golfers to qualify for team scoring, also competed — Marlee Bingham shot a 52 and Emily McKinney had a 59.

Coahulla Creek boys 169, Ringgold 185: David Manis shot a 5-over par 41 on the front nine at WindStone Golf Club in Ringgold to lead the Colts to the road win. Other scorers for Coahulla Creek were Walt Douglas (42), Brannon Wilson (42) and Ian Conway (44).

Presley Whitfield was the lone girl to compete for Coahulla Creek, shooting a 58.


Christian Heritage girls 3, Mount Paran Christian 2: The Lady Lions (6-5) swept doubles play and took an extended win at No. 3 singles for the victory at Lakeshore Park in Dalton.

Claudia Brumlow split the first two sets of her match, 6-3, 3-6, and then won 11-9 in the deciding tiebreaker set for the victory. In doubles, No. 1 Kacie Griggs and Erin Grace White won 3-6, 6-4 (14-12), and No. 2 Courtney Pirkle and Sydney White won 6-4, 6-4.

Mount Paran Christian boys 3, Christian Heritage 1: Also at Lakeshore Park, the Lions (7-4) got their only win from the No. 1 doubles team of Brian Pierce and Samuel Pippin, 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.

Murray County girls 4, Model 1: The Lady Indians (11-1, 5-1 Region 7-2A) had to play a few more points in a couple of matches, but still managed to get the region victory on the road.

Singles winners for the Lady Indians were No. 1 Greta Lazzarotto, 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Gabbie Bordelon, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, and No. 3 Allison Jones 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2. The No. 1 doubles team of Chloe Brown and Kailey Webb won 6-2, 6-3.

Model boys 5, Murray County 0: The Indians fell to 1-11 overall and 0-6 in Region 7-2A.

• Northwest boys and girls matches against Sub-region 7B-4A opponent Heritage at Edwards Park in Varnell were postponed due to wet court conditions and have been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday. Matches against Coahulla Creek that were originally planned for that day have been canceled.

• North Murray did not report results from its scheduled matches versus visiting Ridgeland by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

Track and field

• Dalton’s boys and girls both placed first in a home meet against Gordon Lee, Murray County, Northwest and Southeast.

In boys competition, the Cats earned 159 points, besting Northwest (81), Southeast (57), Gordon Lee (17) and Murray County (14)

In the girls meet, Dalton and Northwest each earned 109 points to tie for first, while Southeast (69) finished third with Gordon Lee (30) and Murray County (18) trailing.

Dalton’s boys were led by Jordon McKinney, who won three events — the triple jump with 40 feet, 1 1/2 inches, the 110-meter hurdles in 16.90 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 43.40. The Cats’ other individual winners were Zek Cobb (high jump, 6-2), Austin Mills (100, 11.09; 200, 23.60), Kelvis Rhodes (long jump, 19-9) and Angel Rodriguez (400, 52.20).

Dalton’s 4x100 relay team of Cobb, Nate Mays, Mills and Rhodes won in 44.40, while the 4x400 team of Colton Fromm, McKinney, Mills and Rodriguez won in 3:42.

The lone winner for Northwest’s boys was Dylan Richards, who took the 1,600 in 4:52. Southeast did not have any first-place finishers in boys competition.

The Lady Cats’ Mary Morrow won both the 100 (19.25) and 200 (27.78), while Ashley Parham won the 3,200 in 13:47 and Natalie Ramos took the shot put at 32-7.

McKinley Hopkins won three events for Northwest’s girls, taking the triple jump at 33-1, the 100 hurdles in 15.6 and the 300 hurdles in 48.2. Other winners for the Lady Bruins were Jen Rivera (1,600, 6:03), Macy Weeks (long jump, 15-2) and the 4x100 relay team of Hopkins, Taylor Sistrunk, Alyssa Ward and Weeks (53.5).

Wendy Perez led Southeast with wins in the shot put (31-0) and discus (92-0), while Isabel Salinas won the 800 in 2:24 and was part of the victorious 4x400 relay with Tori Brock, Gabby Gonzalez and Angie Purkey (4:37).

Murray County did not report results by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

• North Murray had three individual winners at a meet hosted by Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe that also included Ringgold and Chattanooga’s Brainerd.

Matthew Clayton was a double winner for the Mountaineers, taking the high jump (5-6) and triple jump (37-9), while Jordan Adams won the long jump at 18-4.

In girls competition, North Murray’s Erin Robinson won the shot put at 32-8 1/2.

Team scores were not available.