The Thomson High Lady Dogs soccer team was crushed by the homestanding Lady Musketeers of Richmond Academy on March 6 by a score of 11-1.
“We weren’t expecting to win this one,” coach Jessica Ruark said. “But I think the girls played really, really well.”
Richmond Academy scored the first goal in the first two minutes of the game, and continued scoring frequently throughout the half. By the end of the first half, Richmond Academy led by a score of 8-0.
As part of the GSSA mercy rule, when one team leads the other by seven or more points after the first half, the second half clock is set to 20 minutes, and the second half of the game was played accordingly.
The Lady Dogs did get on the board with 15:12 remaining in the second half when Haley Oubre sent the ball into the net. The Thomson defense held the Lady Musketeers to only three goals in the half. With 2:12 remaining, ARC scored its eleventh goal of the game, giving the Lady Musketeers a 10-point lead and ending the game, based on the mercy rule.
The Lady Dogs played the first half with Nene Williams in as goalie, substituting for regular goalie Chelsey Smith, who was awaiting a doctor’s note for permission to play after receiving a kick to the head earlier in the week during practice.
“I think Nene did an excellent job for us as goalie during the first half,” Ruark said. “Especially considering it was the first time she’s ever played that position.
‘‘In fact, the ARC coach came over to me and said he was very impressed with how well she played. He couldn’t believe it was her first time as goalie.”
Williams was credited with 13 saves in the game, and Caitlyn Tam received an assist on Oubre’s goal.
Chelsey Smith did receive the required doctor’s permission during halftime and played the second half.
“The score doesn’t really show it, but our girls played well tonight,” Ruark said. “We were just up against a very powerful team, possibly the best team in the region.
‘‘I still feel we’re in good position to finish in one of the top four spots in the region. We just have to keep playing smart.”
Wednesday’s scheduled game against Josey was cancelled, and the Lady Dogs traveled to Washington County on Tuesday. Their next home game is Friday against Hephzibah. Game time is 5:30 p.m.