NGAC Soc­cer: Her­itage girls, Lake­view boys beat LaFayette in fi­nals


The Her­itage Lady Gen­er­als scored six times in the first half and tacked on five more goals in the sec­ond half as they in­voked the mercy rule on LaFayette, 11-1, in the fi­nals of the North Ge­or­gia Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment last Mon­day evening at Sad­dle Ridge Mid­dle School.

The East Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons got four goals and two as­sists from Lane Lawrence and hat tricks from both Sophia Ven­able and So­phie Roberts in the victory. Ven­able also as­sisted one three other goals and was later named the tour­na­ment’s Most Valu­able Player.

Emily Schoen­born scored the other goal for Her­itage, while Lexi Besh picked up an as­sist.

The win com­pleted a per­fect 14-0 sea­son for the Navy-and-Red, who outscored their op­po­nents by a com­bined 925. The 92 goals scored was a new pro­gram record.

LaFayette trailed 2-1 early af­ter a goal by Bai­ley Tarvin, but Her­itage would find the back of the net four more times in the fi­nal 15 min­utes of the first half to take con­trol for good. shot from 25 yards out caught LaFayette keeper Beau Thrash lean­ing a lit­tle too far to his left as the ball took one bounce and skipped into the back of the bag.

Light­ning would strike again for Lake­view just 56 sec­onds into the sec­ond half. Thrash knocked down a shot from just in­side the box, but Ethan Wof­ford was there to knock home the re­bound and give the War­riors a much-needed cush­ion.

Af­ter strug­gling to find any scor­ing chances for most of the match, LaFayette’s of­fense fi­nally be­gan to find some gaps and the Ram­blers nearly con­verted with just over seven min­utes to play as a shot whis­tled just wide of the goal.

LaFayette would fi­nally get on the board with 2:20 re­main­ing on the clock. Max Stud­dard found a seam down the heart of the de­fense, but was taken down in the box be­fore he could get off a shot. Ju­lian Mur­ray stepped up to ham­mer home the en­su­ing penalty kick, slic­ing the lead in half.

How­ever, some fi­nal de­fense from the Lake­view back­line, led by Yousef Hamid, kept the Ram­blers from get­ting off an­other shot as the War­riors claimed the cham­pi­onship hard­ware and capped a 12-1 sea­son.

Erik Martinez, who had 26 goals on the sea­son, in­clud­ing a hat tricks in four straight games ear­lier this sea­son, was later named the tour­na­ment’s MVP.

Thrash came up with eight saves for the Ram­blers.

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