Every team has an off night, and the Lady Tigers had one of those for sure.
Troup High took one on the chin and a few other places in a 13-0 defeat to Chapel Hill on Tuesday night in Region 5-AAAA girls soccer. The Lady Tigers were outhustled and outplayed.
The game ended after 40 minutes due to the “mercy rule.” The Lady Panthers brought their high powered offense into Callaway Stadium, and Troup High had no answers on how to stop it. Chapel Hill got off more than 20 shots in one half of play.
By comparison, Troup High had one shot-on-goal. Lady Tigers senior forward Shayna Culver ventured into the land of the unknown. Culver narrowly missed the goal box and the net from 12 yards away with 7:41 left in the soccer match.
It was that kind of night for Troup High, which is 0-5-2 on the season and 0-3 in the region. But on this evening the 8th-ranked Lady Panthers were the better team.
“They’re just a good team. They are well skilled. They have possession, passing and teamwork. We need to move on to the next game,” said Troup High head coach Candice Morgan.
She did get a few highlights from Lady Tiger junior defender Adreanna Creed and senior goalkeeper Jennifer Thompson. Troup High’s Thompson was under siege most of the night, but she still had five saves.
Lady Tiger defenders Sydney Lester, Emily Schoonover and Maia Roebuck had an even longer night trying to stop the Chapel Hill girls, who had very little problem getting into scoring position. Chapel Hill is deceptively fast.
Junior midfielder Brandi Peterson scored the Lady Panthers first goal just one minute and 10 seconds into the match. Peterson scored on a 5-yard shot. Junior forward Tierra Gilchrist would score again five minutes later for the Lady Panthers with the second goal.
Sophomore forward Makenna Warren tallied the third goal for Chapel Hill with a 30-yard blast with 33:13 left in the first half. Kali Morrow followed with the fourth goal for the Lady Panthers.
Peterson would hit the back of the net once again for Chapel Hill with the fifth goal of the game. Peterson scored from 10 yards. Eight more goals would follow for the Lady Panthers.
“We weren’t goofing around. Our captains had the team prepared. We went out strong and put pressure on Troup,” said Katie Wolff, the head coach of the undefeated Chapel Hill team (10-0 overall, 3-0 in the region).
The Lady Panthers have scored 81 goals this season. They relax for nobody.
“We have a lot of girls who play for elite clubs. We have a lot of experience, and we work on our shooting every day,” said Wolff.
The Lady Panthers from Douglasville had two girls with “Hat Tricks” on this night in Region 5-AAAA. Peterson and Gilchrist both scored three goals against the Lady Tigers.
“We moved the ball well, and we connected on our passes,” said Peterson.
Chapel Hill also had two players – Jasmin Linton and Devyn Thompson – with two scores apiece against Troup High School. Three more Lady Panthers sprung for one goal each with Kristin Beasley, Kali Morrow and sophomore McKenna Warren.
Seven Chapel Hill girls scored against the Lady Tigers.
“We were good all over,” said Gilchrist.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer