The Lady Lions (2-1, 2-0 Region 4-AAA) used four goals from Simmons, while Deese also scored a hat trick with three goals to keep Central perfect early in region action. Darby Turner added two goals and Ellie Ligon also pushed one into the back of the net for the Lady Lions to round out the scoring.
With a new coaching staff on hand, Central assistant Brittany Maddox said behind a relatively young squad, the Lady Lions are leaning on their senior leadership this season.
“This year we are working on building a foundation, because we have 21 players and out of those 21 players, 14 are underclassmen,” Maddox said. “So we’re relying on our senior leadership to work on that younger group that we have. Being that AnnaLeah has already signed with West Georgia, we’re using her leadership and the leadership of our other upperclassmen to build that foundation to get better teamwork.”
Central boys 7, Jackson, Atlanta 0: The Lions (2-1, 2-0) got two goals apiece from Tucker Simpkins and Spencer Morrow, while Scott Anderson, Tyler Bright and Kentdrix Chism all scored one goal each.
The Lions return to action on Friday night when Cedartown rolls into Carrollton.
In other prep soccer action from Wednesday:
Carrollton JV girls 3, Douglas County 0: The Lady Trojans got goals from Holley Dalton, Kaycee Chapman and Sarah Katherine Smith in the victory over the Lady Tigers.
Praise Academy 3, Holy Ground 1: The Stallions (2-2, 0-1) dropped their region opener despite a solid outing from Jordan Edwards, who worked five innings, allowing two runs with six strikeouts and one walk. Walt Denney tossed two innings of relief, fanning four with one run on two hits and one walk.
Garrett Denney drove in the only run for the Stallions with a shot to center field.
Holy Ground returns to action on Friday when Heritage Christian comes to Roopville for the 5 p.m. contest.
Carrollton JV 16, Cartersville 7: Every player in the Trojans’ lineup got at least one hit in the victory, with Mitch McClendon picking up the win on the hill. Carrollton improves to 5-0 on the year.