Following a scoreless first half where both squads had their opportunities, Carrollton’s Alejandro Vargas knocked in the game’s lone goal on a Tyler Edwards assist in the second half.
From there, the Trojan defense and keeper Zach Hayden held on to the shutout and critical win with some solid play.
“Alexander had several chances at the end of the game and Zach Hayden came up with two or three really good saves and our defense did a good job of holding on to go ahead and preserve the win,” Trojan coach Scott New said. “It was a big win for us and some of the best competition we’re going to see. They’re a region opponent that’s a really big threat to us. So it was a really good game and both teams played really hard.”
Carrollton (5-2-1, 2-0) returns to action today when it hosts Westminster in a 6 p.m. match at Grisham Stadium.
No. 4 Carrollton girls 2, No. 8 Alexander 1: The Lady Trojans (6-3, 2-0) got goals from Falen Kizunga and Sarah Bryan in the region victory.
In other prep soccer action from Tuesday:
New Manchester girls 2, Central 1: The Lady Lions fell behind 1-0 in the opening half before Wesli Simmons knotted the game up at 1-all following halftime. The Lady Jags were able to push the game-winning goal into the back of the net around the 13-minute mark of the second half. Central returns to action on Friday at home against Chapel Hill at 5:30 p.m.
New Manchester boys 3, Central 0: The Lions were shut out on the road.
Mt. Zion boys 4, Temple 1: The Eagles got goals from Austin Smith, Javier Martinez and Yobel Zuniga.
Temple girls 2, Mt. Zion 1: The Lady Eagles got a Jessica Green goal, while Brittany McIntosh stopped a PK in goal for MZ.
Central girls 5, Haralson County 0: The Lady Lions (6-2, 3-0 Region 4-AAA) got wins in singles from No. 1 Sydney Stone (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Emily Startup (6-3, 6-0) and No. 3 Denney Meigs (6-3, 6-4), while the pairings of No. 1 Emily Bush/Lauren Bush (7-5, 6-2) and No. 2 Mary Kate Sailors/Elizabeth Minick (6-1, 6-1) were also victorious. In an exhibition match, Betty Jo Rounds/Anna Schulenberg (6-3) also won for Central.
Central boys 5, Haralson County 0: The Lions (7-1, 3-0) also rolled to a sweep, getting wins from No. 1 Aaron Startup (6-2, 6-1), No. 2 James Moye (6-3, 0-6, 7-6) and No. 3 Ben Lewis (6-1, 6-0) in singles. In doubles, No. 1 Andrew Toney/Jarrett Thomas (6-2, 6-0) and No. 2 Jacob Barnes/Alex Stewart (6-0, 6-0) both won, as did Ridley Sheffield/Richard Brice (6-1) in an exhibition match.
Bremen boys 5, Alexander 0: The Blue Devils cruised through singles, with No. 1 Nick Forrister (8-0), No. 2 Cale Van Dyke (8-3) and No. 3 Jordan Leahey (8-1) all winning, as did No. 1 Connor Gibbs/Luke Vines (8-2) and No. 2 Ryan Sammon/Will Sammon (8-2) in doubles. In an exhibition match, Logan Hawkins fell, 8-4.
Bremen girls 5, Alexander 0: The Lady Blue Devils earned victories from No. 1 Meg Cummings (8-1), No. 2 Charli Allen (8-0) and No. 3 Emily Cheshier (8-0) in singles play. In doubles, the pairings of No. 1 Alexis Nappi/Elizabeth Knott (8-1) and No. 2 Wrenn Parrish/Charlotte Williams (8-0) also won.
The Holy Ground Baptist Academy softball team defeated Grace Baptist in a 4-0 shutout on Tuesday, getting another solid effort from Hattie Yarbrough in the circle, as the Lady Stallion hurler scattered just three hits with 10 strikeouts to earn her third win on the season.
The victory avenged the lone loss for the Lady Stallions (3-1) on the year, while handing Grace Baptist (4-1) its first setback.
After a scoreless first two innings, HG got on the board in the third with a pair of runs, with Yarbrough tripling home Claire Gibbs and Payton Lovvorn following that up with an RBI single.
In the fifth, Holy Ground got an RBI single from Kimberly Perry and an RBI fielder’s choice from Abbygale Garrison, scoring Victoria Joh on both occasions.
Joh went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Yarbrough added two hits and an RBI.
“We played a very good game. We still have a lot of work to do and we can improve in several areas, but we are so proud of the girls. They beat a very good ball team [Tuesday]. This was a big win for us heading into region play,” HG coach Greg Yancey said.
The Lady Stallions play host to Creekside Christian Academy in Roopville at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Carrollton Junior High 12, Mt. Zion 2 (5 innings): Jake Buchanan got the win on the hill, while Alex Smith (2-for-4, 2 2B), Josh McLaughlin (2-for-4) and Chandler Dixon (2-for-3) led the way at the plate for the Trojans (6-0).