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Lady Bulldogs defeat Red Devils by 9 goals

LINCOLNTON, Ga. --- The Thomson Lady Bulldogs look impressive after three games of soccer this season.

They have a record of 2-1 going into this Friday night's big Region 3-AAA match against Richmond Hill. Coverage of that game will be included in next week's edition of The Mirror .

The team's only loss came at the hands of the Westside Lady Patriots in a 3-0 shutout Feb. 23. The night before, Thomson defeated Grovetown's Lady Warriors in their season opener at Grovetown High.

Thomson's latest victory came over the Lincoln County Lady Red Devils by a score of 10-1 last Friday night in Lincolnton.

"We played great," said Thomson head coach Jessica Ruark. "We looked like a brand new team compared to how we played against Westside. I was real pleased with the way we played against Lincoln County."

Two of Thomson's star offensive players were Miranda Barker, a junior, who led the charge with five goals and senior Patricia Cartwright, who tallied four goals.

"We went out there and played as a team against Lincoln County," said a jubilant Barker after the game. "We carried on good communication between each other."

Cartwright echoed those sentiments and added, "We were focused on winning that game."

Barker has been the star offensive player for the Lady Bulldogs the past two seasons. She indicated that she is happy that Cartwright has moved into the community and picked up where she left off when she played in Garland, Texas last season.

"We're very glad to have her playing with us," Barker said of Cartwright.

Cartwright, who was a star player in Garland, already has signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi after graduation from Thomson High School. A special signing ceremony is slated soon at the school.

The Lady Bulldogs went up 1-0 with 35:21 to play in first half action. It came on a kick by Barker.

From that point on, the Lady Bulldogs continued to pounce on their opponents, scoring almost at-will sometimes.

Thomson controlled the ball and the tempo of the game from the onset and never let up.

Barker scored Thomson's first four goals of the game and made a pass to Cartwright for the team's fifth goal of the first half.

Amanda McClure also tallied a goal for the Lady Bulldogs.

Thomson had several players who turned in fine defensive performances.

They included: Ashley Frankenfield, Anne Schiffner, Brea Boutwell, Caitlin Carpenter, Hannah Cheely and Yolanda Ovalle.

Web posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010

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