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Thomson teams off to strong start in region soccer

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Thomson's Kristen Mitchell fights for the ball against Cross Creek.
Photo by Staff
The Thomson High School soccer teams started region play with a perfect record this season, but both coaches said the real challenges are still ahead.

"Our next two games are against the top two teams in our sub-region," said Lady Dogs Coach Ben Davall on Monday. "I am excited to see how we will respond to the challenge against teams that have set the standard for our sub-region."

The Lady Dogs extended their four-game undefeated streak with a 4-1 Friday night victory over Cross Creek. The win took Thomson to 2-0 in the region.

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Marcus Wilson kicks the ball during Thomson's win against Cross Creek.
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The Lady Dogs faced Richmond Academy Tuesday night in Augusta.

For the boys' team, Tuesday's game against ARC was to be a true test. The Musketeers are two-time defending state champions.

"ARC is one of the best teams in the state," Thomson Coach Barry Arrington said Monday. "It would take an outstanding effort from every one on the team to win, (but) it can be done."

Against Cross Creek, Thomson took an early lead on a Matt McEver header and held on to win 2-1.

"Fridays game was a close one, and we didn't let it slip away," Coach Arrington said. "We hustled much harder and stayed after the other team the entire game."

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Cross Creek's goalie pulls the ball just out the reach of Thomson's Aaron Messick. Aaron was trying to head the ball in the goal during Friday night's game.
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Coach Arrington credited Stuart Strouble, Jonnie Weichedel and James McCain for outstanding defensive play, while Andrew Hamilton and McEver were solid on offense.

Coach Arrington said he hopes the Dogs' best play is still to come.

"We are young, and I feel we are progressing and learning to play together," he said.

Coach Arrington said another bright spot for the team is fan support: Ricketson Insurance, Billy and Nan Tam and LMN Pharmacy pitched in and purchased the team black shorts last week.

Up next for both Thomson teams is Hephzibah at The Brickyard Friday night.

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Shaquisha Hordens runs with the ball.
Photo by Staff



Web posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006













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