The Armuchee Lady Indians soccer team suffered a season-ending 8-0 loss to Lovett on Thursday in the first round of the Class AA state tourney.
Armuchee got the homefield advantange when it secured the No. 2 spot in Region 7-AA with their last regular-season win, and Lovett entered as the No. 3 seed from 6-AA.
The Lovett offense got started early, securing four shots on goal in just the first five minutes of play.
With Lady Indian Erin Massey in the net, several of Lovett’s early shots were saved, keeping the Lady Lions’ scoring at bay.
But after a shot and a fumbled save that Lovett capitalized on, the Lady Lions posted an early sixth-minute lead.
Lovett stretched their advantange to 3-0 before the half, and then surged in the second half to secure the shutout win.
If the Lovett offense stood out the most in the game, Massey’s performance in goal came at a close second.
She posted 17 saves against the powerful Lady Lion offense, which posted close to 30 shots on goal.
“(Massey) had such a strong game, and she’s been an anchor for us,” said Armuchee coach Don Bettler. “She’s kept us in a lot of games.
“She has such good form, and she works so hard at practice. She’s put in hours in the cold rain on Saturdays, and it always shows with her out there; she’s got such good form.”
After Massey left the field early due to an ongoing wrist injury, backup keeper Casey Borne finished the game with four saves.
“Casey Borne who was our backup had several good saves going in after. They didn’t let up on her, so she had a lot of point-blank saves. It was a good game for both of them,” said Bettler.
Despite the loss, Bettler saw this season as an overall success for the Armuchee soccer program.
“I think it was probably the best season for Armuchee soccer that we’ve had,” he said. “There were a lot of key wins for them. They’re a great bunch of girls and have a lot of heart and still enjoy each other. We have a saying that we’ve taken this season, that we’re more than a team, and I think they showed a lot of that tonight.”
The Lady Indians ended their season with a 13-6 overall record and dominated 7-AA with a 13-3 region record.