A Region 7-AA showdown on the soccer field came down to penalty kicks Friday night as Model’s boys outshot Pepperell 5-4 in a shootout to earn the 3-2 win.
Ending regulation with a 2-2 tie, the teams played overtime in Shannon to no change in the score. The visiting Dragons, who came in undefeated in region play, missed their first PK but made the rest while Model went 5-for-5.
Taking shots for Model were Matthew Syverson, Tee Jarrard, Nathan Weaver, Alex Nelson and Jason Ortega, whose goal clinched the victory.
The Blue Devils (3-0, 2-0 7-AA) were down 1-0 when Syverson made a goal from about 30 yards out in the 28th minute off a throw-in by Ortega. They took a 2-1 lead midway through the second half when Jarrard beat the keeper on an assist from Syverson.
A foul by Model in the box three minutes later led to Pepperell (5-3, 5-1) getting a penalty shot that tied it up, 2-2. Keeper David Clark had five saves for the Blue Devils.
Both teams will step out of region play Tuesday as Model travels to Adairsville and Pepperell hosts Darlington.
In other action:
Rome girls 3, Cass 2
The Rome girls’ soccer team went on the road Friday and got a 3-2 win over Region 7-5A foe Cass.
Mae Pierce scored twice for the Lady Wolves, while Jennifer Zavala added a goal and Haley Guerrero recorded an assist. Rome keeper Michele Monzalvo finished with five saves.
The Lady Wolves (2-5, 2-0 7-5A) will host East Paulding on Tuesday at Barron Stadium.
Model girls 7, Pepperell 0
A shutout of visiting Pepperell on Friday kept the Model girls’ soccer team undefeated on the season as the Lady Blue Devils won 7-0.
Jennifer Espinoza led the charge for Model with three goals in the Region 7-AA match, while Lauren Akemon recorded two goals and an assist.
Anna Ruth Parker added a goal and an assist, Nora Grace Snow scored once and keeper Bethany Crawley recorded three saves for the shutout in goal.
Model (3-0, 2-0 7-AA) travels to Adairsville on Tuesday, while Pepperell hosts Darlington.
Armuchee girls 2, Gordon Central 0
A defensive push gave the Armuchee girls’ soccer team a 2-0 win over Gordon Central on Friday for the Lady Indians’ first Region 7-AA win of the season.
BrandyAnn Wacker and Addie Grace Trejo each scored a goal for the home team, while keeper Bridgette Jones had two saves for the shutout in goal.
Armuchee (2-3, 1-1 7-AA) will be back in action Wednesday at Rockmart.
Darlington girls 12, Trinity 6
Kathryne Ledbetter had four goals, Lizzie LaVangie added three and the Darlington girls’ lacrosse team picked up a 12-6 win at home Friday over Trinity Christian.
Samanda Cox scored twice for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 2-0 on the young season, while goalie Carlie Chisolm recorded 11 saves.
Darlington will play against Monday evening when it hosts McEachern.
Trinity boys 23, Darlington 13
Hayden Shinn and John Lloyd each scored three goals for Darlington, but the Tigers came up short in the end of a 23-13 loss to Trinity Christian on Friday.
Frank Manning, Micah Lloyd, and Pierce Monroe each added two goals to Darlington’s final tally, while Hampton Watkins added one. Ayden Langford had 11 saves in goal.
Darlington (1-1) next plays Mt. Paran on the road Wednesday.
Darlington boys 5, Bowdon 1
Andre Mbakwe scored three times and the Darlington boys’ soccer team posted a 5-1 victory over Bowdon in its first Area 7-A match of the season Thursday.
Roberto Guzman and Grant Shapiro each scored a goal for the Tigers (2-3, 1-0 7-A) while Jonathan Pieroni had two assists. Keepers Billy Biscoe and Phillip Woford had two saves each.
Darlington makes the short trek to Lindale on Tuesday to face Pepperell in a non-region match.
Darlington girls 10, Bowdon 0
An all-around offensive effort led to a 10-0 win for the Darlington girls’ soccer team Thursday as it hosted Bowdon in an Area 7-A contest.
Jayden Boswell scored three goals for the Lady Tigers while Julia Holmes added two. Hillary Tunnell, Alex Gardner, Emma Good, Tanya Maples and Morgan Ivester each scored a goal to reach the final total. Flynn Flaherty posted three saves in goal to earn the shutout.
Darlington (2-3, 1-0 7-A) will play Pepperell on the road Tuesday.