Lady Warriors get their (penalty) kicks in Ringgold
said. “I told the girls (Wednesday) morning who the five shooters were going be so they could go ahead, prepare themselves and get ready.
“Rebecca managed to get a piece of two of them and they hit off the post. We’ve had bad luck all season. We finally got some good luck today and it got us a win.”
LFO boys 4, Ringgold 1
There would be no such drama in the boys’ match as the Warriors scored the first four goals of the evening and secured their elusive
first victory of the year.
Ethan Wofford broke through less than two minutes after the opening whistle. His initial shot was knocked down by Tiger keeper Bryce Watson, but Wofford was able to get his head on the rebound to give the Warriors the early lead.
In the 20th minute, with LFO on the counterattack, a shot by Bryan Castro was once again deflected. However, Israel Galicia came charging into the box to redirect the rebound and give his team a two-goal advantage that it would take into halftime.
Ringgold missed two chance to tie the match in the first 10 minutes of the second half. A shot went just wide of the net in the 44th minute and LFO keeper Kameron Hardin came up big to stop a penalty kick in the 49th minute.
An own goal by Ringgold three minutes later gave the Warriors a little extra breathing room and, following a hand-ball call with seven minutes left, Castro showed his skill by sending a 25-yard free kick around the Tiger defensive wall and into the side of the net for LFO’s final tally.
Garrett Davis would finally get Ringgold on the board in the closing seconds as he volleyed in a blast from 12 yards out to spoil the shutout bid.
Hardin had three saves on the night, including the penalty stop, while Watson came up with 11 saves for the Blue-and-White.
LFO loses at Adairsville
The Warriors and Lady Warriors couldn’t follow up on their wins over Ringgold as they dropped a pair of road matches at Adairsville on Thursday.
Caitlin McMunn had the lone goal for the Lady Warriors (3-8, 2-6) in a 5-1 loss to the Lady Tigers. Meanwhile, Adairsville’s boys doubled up LFO, 6-3. Galicia, Castro and Erik Martinez found the net for the Warriors.
Warriors, Lady Warriors rout Rebels
The LFO boys’ soccer team rebounded from Thursday’s loss with their biggest scoring output of the season in a 7-0 home win over Haralson County on Friday.
Galicia knocked in four goals for the Warriors (2-10, 2-7). Castro scored twice and Armando Martinez found the net once as the Red-and-White pitched the shutout.
In the girls’ match, Sydney Moss scored twice, while Chelsey Lindsay, Alyssa Leverrett and Hope LaFerry each had one goal in a 5-0 victory.
Rebecca Leggett and Jada Smith combined for the clean sheet in goal to send LFO to 4-8 overall and 3-6 in region play.
Ringgold’s Rachel Beard (2) steals the ball and sprints past LFO’s Faith Jones during one of the overtime sessions of last week’s match. (Catoosa County News photo/Scott Herpst) (above)