After a season of playing teams from beyond the Rome area, the Lady Wolves soccer team got their first taste of crosstown action against Darlington, and they made the most of it, as Rome came out on top, 1-0.
With it being Senior Night for the Lady Wolves, it was only fitting that the winning goal came from senior Theresa Stevens in the last 11 minutes.
Stevens’ goal was not only a game-winner, it was her 40th goal on the season, making the SCAD signee tied for most single-season goals in Rome High history.
“It means a lot to go out and play a rivalry team that’s from the town and go out and win on Senior Night,” said Rome coach Jessica Hewitt after her team improved to 13-4.
“We have 11 seniors, so most of them were out there the whole game.”
The slew of seniors honored were Jamison Hufstetler, Annie Ray, Kate Jones, Abbey DeVille, Cristina Langlois, Kady Doegg, Alex Carlton, Frannie Wilson, Stevens, Kaylan Hufstetler and Courtney Lovingood.
Keeper Lovingood had two saves in goal.
The game was made even more special by the fact that it gave both teams whose regions extends beyond Greater Rome a chance to play in a local rivalry, making for a more competitive atmosphere.
“Some of the girls (from Rome and Darlington) know each other,” she said, “so it makes them play a little harder than with teams where we don’t really know anybody, so it does make for a better rivalry game.”
With one last non-region contest today at Sequoyah, Rome is ready to set its sight on the state tourney, which it qualified for earlier this season.
“We’ll just work on playing together as a team and just being ready,” said Hewitt.