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Lady Bulldogs drop two region games

It wasn't a good weekend in terms of soccer for the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School.

The reason: Two big Region 3-AAA losses -- falling to Richmond Hill 9-1 last Friday and losing to Liberty County's Lady Panthers 4-1 this past Saturday in their first home game of the season played at Thomson High.

The Lady Bulldogs now find themselves behind the eight ball in region play with a record of 0-2.

"I think we were just tired," Thomson head coach Jessica Ruark said after the game. "We had a long trip to Richmond Hill the night before and didn't get home until late. Again, I think the girls were just real tired. We could have beaten Liberty and we should have. We've got their ticket the next time we play them."

In the game against Liberty County, the Lady Bulldogs got behind 1-0 on a goal that came with 33:01 remaining in the first half.

That one goal held up through halftime, even though Thomson's Patricia Cartwright had a chance to score on a free kick with 6:18 left. Brea Boutwell also attempted a goal, which ended up sailing high over the goal at the 1:38 mark.

Cartwright accepted a scholarship offer to play college soccer at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi during a special signing ceremony held in the media center at Thomson High School last Thursday. Please see the signing story about Cartwright in this week's sports section.

Defensively, Thomson goalie Sarah Kellogg made a nice save with 13 minutes left first half action.

For the most part, the second half belonged to Liberty County, as their defenders were able to contain Thomson. The lone goal by the Lady Bulldogs came from Cartwright with 29:08 left in the game. At that point, Thomson trailed 2-1.

Thomson never drew closer.

In the loss to Richmond Hill last Friday night, the only goal scored by the Lady Bulldogs was kicked by Quanesha Williams.

Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010

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