Armuchee's Claire Tibbetts prepares to fire the ball into the goal as Coosa's Cynthia Paz (9) looks on at Armuchee High, March 29, 2013. (Brittany Hannah/RN-T)

Brittany Hannah

Combining a determined defense with an opportunistic offense, the Armuchee girls are rolling through one of their best-ever seasons.

The Lady Indians improved to 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the region by posting a 5-0 victory over Coosa on Friday night at Armuchee.

Claire Tibbetts and Madison Poole scored two goals each for Armuchee, and Claire Bettler added one goal to help the Lady Indians continue to build on the momentum they’ve built in recent weeks.

“We’re trying to finish good in the region,” said Tibbetts, who scored Armuchee’s final two goals of the game. “We’re working everyday — working really hard.”

As expected with any match-up between Floyd County foes, Friday’s game featured plenty of emotion, from both the players and the fans.

“Any time you play a county school, (especially) in your house, it’s going to be serious,” said Armuchee coach Don Bettler. “And that’s the strongest I’ve ever seen a Coosa team. (Coosa head coach Leah Couch) has really done a great job with that team.”

Armuchee missed several scoring chances early but Claire Bettler broke though with the match’s first goal.

Poole then scored the next two goals — the final one of the first half and the first goal of the second — to give Armuchee a 3-0 lead, and Tibbetts closed out the scoring with two more goals, the first of which was unassisted.

Bettler finished with two assists and Dorcey Lambert had one.

The Armuchee defense also did its part, as keeper Erin Massey notched 14 saves, including 10 in the second half.

“My defense is very strong,” said Bettler. “We have some fast, strong girls in there, including Casey Born and Emily Reese, who are smart players.”

Armuchee visits Pepperell on Tuesday.

In other action Friday: