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Lady War Eagles advance after winning region title

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    The Lady War Eagles soccer team poses with the region championship trophy after their back-to-back wins on Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15. LAUREN MALEK/Staff

After winning the Region Championship on Wednesday, April 14, the PCHS girls soccer team pulled off an easy win against Laney High School with a final score of 10-0 on Thursday, April 15.

Before the start of the game on Thursday, PCHS coach Barling took a moment to praise her team for their hard work and the two unanswered points against Jefferson County that earned them first place in the region.

“It was an interesting win. It was a hard-fought battle after coming back from Spring Break, we were a bit rusty,” said Barling. “But we just needed a win and we got it and secured first place in the region.”

“Our forwards, Lily Frisch and Rachel Hawkins, were really working together and trying hard to get that ball through,” she continued. “They had every single player back on defense, but Lily was able to put two of them in there and get us a win.”

The War Eagles faced the Laney Wildcats on Thursday around 6:30 p.m. PCHS’s first goal of the night came within the first two minutes of play when Gracie Bird made a corner kick that Ariel Ewers put in the goal.

After a handball in the box, the War Eagles scored their second point off the penalty kick. The fast footwork from the War Eagle forwards and midfielders kept Laney on the defense for the vast majority of the game. At the half, PCHS was ahead 6-0.

After the first half the Wildcats found a little more fire and held off Putnam’s next point until 13 minutes in and were briefly able to take the ball towards their goal for a goal attempt that was stopped by the Putnam defense. The War Eagles regained solid possession of the ball soon after and earned their next three goals.

Top scorer of the game, Lily Frisch, scored the last point that ended the game two minutes early and gave Putnam a 10-0 final score.

After the game, Coach Barling held a jersey hanging ceremony for seniors, Grindis Martinez (9), Rachel Hawkins (5), Ariel Ewers (4), Bella Moore (12), Brooklyn Collins (16), and AJ Adams (22). The entire team was then presented with the trophy marking their region-winning season.

“The team got together, we were passing and moving the ball, and everybody was participating,” Coach Barling said of their Thursday night blowout. “We had lots of different scorers on the field, and it was a good way to end the regular season. I’m just darn proud of them.”

The region champs will be playing at home on Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. against Cook High School in the 2021 GHSA State Girls Soccer Championships – Class AA tournament.