ROSSVILLE - Lauren Franks found the net twice in the second half as the Lady Ramblers claimed a 2-0 shutout win at Ridgeland on Tuesday.
Ally Johnson appeared to have given Ridgeland (3-7) an early lead in the eighth minute, but the goal was waved off on an offsides call and the teams would end the first half deadlocked in a scoreless tie.
However, with a stiff breeze at their backs in the second half, LaFayette (2-2-2) was finally able to get on the board in the 47th minute as Franks tapped in a loose ball in the Ridgeland box following a corner kick by Jessica Ingram.
Then in the 70th minute, Franks caught Ridgeland keeper Abby Martenn slightly off her line with a perfectly placed chip shot from 15 yards out to put a cap on the scoring.
LaFayette outshot Ridgeland, 15-4 on the day. Martenn stopped 13 shots for the Lady Panthers, while Abbie Ford made two saves for the Lady Ramblers.
"We need to learn how to finish because we're still having some trouble scoring, but just learning the game of soccer, we're starting to really play," said LaFayette head coach Whitney Stinson. "We're not just kicking the ball everytime it's at our feet. We're making good passes, switching the ball, doing give-and-go passes, stuff like that. I think we're starting to understand the game a lot better and it's fun to see."
Stinson, who played for LaFayette in high school and coached previously at Rossville Middle School, said it was fun to be involved in the game.
"I coached a lot of the girls (on Ridgeland's team) from Rossville and, of course, I'm coaching my girls now (at LaFayette), so I taught a little something about soccer to most of the girls out here today," she explained. "Today was fun for me because I love the game, but it's crazy to be on the (coaching) side of rivalry."
LaFayette is slated to host Cass on Thursday. Ridgeland will not play again until April 2 matches at Dade County.