The Thomson Middle School Soccer Dogs have started their season perfectly.
The Dogs beat Louisville Middle School 8-1 in their season opener on March 2 and Washington County's Elder Middle School 3-0 on March 6.
Saturday's game was extra special for Thomson Middle. The win marked the first time the Bulldogs have been able to beat the Washington County team, which was last year's champion.
The offense was led by eighth grader Mark Howard who made the first goal off a down-the-middle dribble. The second goal came when James McCain rebounded an errant shot back into Howard who kicked it past the goalie. The third score came in the second half when Dustin Gunby successfully chipped a penalty kick over the opposing goalie.
A leaping save by TMS goalie Steadman Grant late in the second half preserved the shutout. The defensive corps of Steven Thomson, Chelsea Jones, Chris Harrison, and Matt McEver and strong midfield effort from Josh Withrow kept the ball on the Thomson offensive end and shut down the Washington County forwards.
In their season-opening game against Louisville, Dustin Gunby, James McCain, Pop Chambliss, Quitney Hordens, Chris Harrison, Matt McEver, and Casey Brooks.
The team is coached by Russ Gladden, head coach, and Julie Gerlach, assistant coach. The remainder of the squad and managers includes: Katie Austin, Holley Barker, Mary Catherine Finnerty, Stedman Grant, Jau'tabitha Hordens, Mark Howard, Chelsea Jones, David Lyons, Whitney Morgan, Stephanie Taylor, Josh Unokur, Steven Thompson, Jake Walters, Josh Withrow, Jay Bieltz, Walker Barmore, Kayla Bieltz, Brittney Holderfield, and Courtney Timmerman.