The girls may have lost but it was a big improvement over last year when the team was mercy ruled in the first 20 minutes of the game.
The girls opened with a good pace and through the first 20 minutes this year, trailed by only two. At the 23rd minutes, New Manchester picked up a goal when freshman Alexus Lawson hit captain Thamara Valesco, who then put the ball in the back of the net from 20 yards out.
By the end of the half North Paulding went up 5-1 but the Lady Jags never gave up, holding their opponent to only one goal in the second half.
New Manchester keeper Ashley Offutt, playing only her fourth game ever, recorded 57 saves in the game. The Lady Jags also had strong play from Jessica Serrano, Maria Rivera, and Kenzie Vencint. Coach Mistie Mayfield also gave a lot of credit to her bench for their play in the second half.
In the boys game, North Paulding scored their goal around the 35th minute. New Manchester was outshot 22-2.
“Thought we played well, just were a little slow in the first half,” said coach Nik Fleming. “We corrected our mistakes and I felt like we dominated in the second half.”
The Jags and Lady Jags will play at East Paulding on Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m.
Lithia at Rome
Rome defeated the Lithia Springs boys soccer team 4-1 Wednesday evening.
For Rome, Hampton Cauthen scored two goals, and both Kevlin Kanno and Alex Rogers scored one goal apiece. Dylan Home had two assists for the Wolves.
Rome outshot Lithia 13-6.