GRIFFIN, Ga. - Everybody on the Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs' soccer team knew it would be a tough task trying to get past Spalding County in last week's second round of the Class AAA State Girls' Soccer Playoffs. They never dreamed that they would be kept off the scoreboard, though.
As it turned out, Spalding County beat the Lady Bulldogs 8-0 - thus ending a Thomson season that was the best in school history.
"It was real sad to see our season end that way, but they were a pretty good team," lamented Chelsea Jones, a senior and one of Thomson's star players all season. "We got down early and just couldn't seem to bounce back."
The Lady Bulldogs didn't play a bad first half, finding themselves down only 2-0 at intermission. It was a different story in the second half, as Spalding County took their game straight at Thomson, seemingly scoring at will with six goals during the last 40 minutes of the game.
"We didn't play as well as a team," said Jones. "We had a great season though and I'm proud of what our team was able to accomplish."
Thomson finished the season with an overall record of 13-3. The school had never before made it to state competition.
In the game against Spalding County, Thomson was limited to just six attempted shots at scoring, because of a stubborn defense by their opponents. The victors countered with 28 scoring opportunities.
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