A defensive breakdown was blamed for the 6-3 loss that the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School suffered at the hands of the Baldwin Lady Braves in double-overtime soccer action at The Brickyard in Thomson last Saturday.
"It should never have happened," remarked Thomson Head Coach Jessica Ruark. "We just looked liked we gave up there. We stopped running and we just can't do that and expect to win, especially in overtime."
Thomson was scheduled to have played West Laurens in another big region game Tuesday.
The game against Baldwin had belonged to Thomson until the Lady Braves stormed back quickly with an early goal in the second half to knot the score at 3-3. At one point in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs held a 3-1 advantage.
By halftime, though, Thomson's lead had dwindled down to just one goal, 3-2.
Thomson's Miranda Barker scored all three goals.
Barker's first goal was kicked from about 25 yards out, just after the game got underway. She tallied her second goal about 10 minutes into the game to give Thomson a 2-0 lead.
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs played as an exceptional first half. One of the defensive stars for Thomson was Caitlin Carpenter, who came up with a terrific blocked shot of an attempted goal kick by a Baldwin player with just over 24 minutes to play in first half action.
Baldwin eventually got on the scoreboard with their first of six goals at the 12:47 mark of the game, which cut Thomson's lead to 2-1.
Barker managed to use her speed to score her third goal of the game with 5:39 to play in the first half. Baldwin answered that goal about three minutes later, which made it a 3-2 game - the way it remained at halftime.
Early in the second half, Baldwin tied the score.
The Lady Bulldogs had a number of scoring opportunities, but couldn't take advantage of them - the ball bouncing off the goal post a couple of times or sailing over the goal.
Defensively, Thomson's Whitney Hillman made a number of fine plays in the second half, but it wasn't enough to turn back the more determined Baldwin team.
In double-overtime, Baldwin took advantage of a seemingly tired Thomson team to score three unanswered goals.