The THS Lady Dogs shut out the Lady Panthers of A.R. Johnson by a score of 6-0 in an away game Wednesday played at the ARC football stadium.
“I’m really proud of the girls today,” head coach Jessica Ruark said after the game. “We got out to an early lead and held on to it.”
Thomson jumped ahead off an early goal by Haley Oubre approximately seven minutes into the game.
“I’ve been staying around the 18 lately, because I’ve been practicing my shots from there,” Oubre said following the game. “I was right in that area and Brea (Boutwell) passed the ball to me and I took the shot and it just got past their goalie’s hands for the score.”
The score stood at 1-0 until the mid-way point of the first half when Betty Jones took advantage of a jumble in front of the goal to slip the ball into the net. That goal was followed a few minutes later when Jones scored a second goal to put the Lady Dogs up 3-0. Anna Carrington added a goal of her own late in the half and the score stood 4-0 in Thomson’s favor at the half time break.
The lead gave coach Ruark an opportunity to make substitutions at the half.
“I was able to get some girls in who don’t always get a chance to play,” she said after the game. “Jordan O’Connor came in and got several shots on goal. Brianna Moore and Ashley Coleman both came in and did a great job.”
Thomson added to their lead about 17 minutes into the second half when Jones scored her third goal of the game.
“That was my first hat trick ever,” Jones said. “It felt just awesome to get three goals in one game.”
Strong defense continued to hold the Lady Panthers scoreless, and late in the second half Oubre scored her second goal of the game, bringing the score to 6-0, where it remained until the end of regulation play.
“The girls played really well today,” Ruark said. “Now we’re just looking forward to the Glenn Hills game on Tuesday, and then Lincoln County on Thursday.”