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Lady Tigers fall in battle for region top spot

In the battle for first place in Region 6-AAA, the Adairsville girls soccer team lost to an overtime goal by Sonoraville, 3-2.

Both teams were unbeaten in region play heading into the match in Tiger Valley.

Adairsville scored first on an Emily Collum goal in the game’s third minute. Katie Lawhorn also scored early, giving the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead in the 14th minute, but the visiting Lady Phoenix were not done.

Sonoraville (11-1, 6-0 in Region 6-AAA) scored in the 35th minute on a penaty kick after Adairsville was whistled for a hand ball in the box. The Phoenix tied the game in the 59th minute and connected on the game-winner in the 84th minute.

As a result of the 7th-ranked Lady Tigers first loss of the year, Adairsville no longer controls its own fate for region seeding. Calhoun remains in the mix, along with Adairsville and Sonoraville. Calhoun, like Adairsville, has only one region loss. The Calhoun region loss was to Adairsville on March 22. Calhoun is 4-1 in region matches with a game remaining against Sonoraville on April 14, along with two other region matches. Sonoraville could, however, lock up the region's top seed with a win over the Lady Jackets. If Sonoraville wins that match, Adairsville is locked in to the No. 2 spot, which receives a bye in the region playoffs and a guaranteed berth in the state playoffs. If all three teams finish region play with one loss, tiebreakers determine the seeding for the top three region playoff spots.

Adairsville (12-1, 6-1) returns to action after spring break with a home, region match against Ringgold.

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