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GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Devils shutout Armuchee, 10-0

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The last three days have not only showcased the prowess of the Model girls’ soccer team, it’s also helped bring them together as a squad.

The Lady Devils won games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by a combined score of 30-3, the last of which was a 10-0 shutout against Floyd County and Region 7-AA rival Armuchee.

“We finally got our whole team together, and I think we have just done a fantastic job of transitioning,” Model coach Kacie Crowder said. “We have really fallen into a good pattern here and I hope it continues.”

With Kyla Reynolds and Libby Upton joining the team following their time with the Lady Devils’ basketball team, Model played with its full roster this week for the first time this season.

Model scored six goals within the first 22 minutes of Friday’s match and tagged on three within the first five minutes of the second half to end the game via the mercy rule.

Like the other two matches this week, forwards Reynolds and Jennifer Espinoza led the Lade Devils’ offense. Reynolds tallied five goals and two assists while Espinoza posted four goals.

Armuchee (2-6, 1-3 7-AA) was able to get a few shots on goal, but nothing got past Model and goalkeeper Melanie Morrison. Any attack from the Indians was quickly cleared and eventually the ball found itself around Reynolds or Espinoza again.

The duo each got one goal in the first 15 minutes of the match, but the scores came quickly around the midway point of the first half. In a span of five minutes, Espinoza and Reynolds scored two goals apiece, most of the time unassisted.

Model (6-2, 5-1) got a goal from Upton late in the first half to make it 7-0 at the break. The litany of goals was not just a product of Reynolds and Espinoza’s talent, but also Model’s communication all across the field to make sure each player was in the right spot.

“We have always just tried talking to each other and not being afraid to give the ball up,” Espinoza said. “At halftime, we always see what’s working and what we can do better for the rest of the match.”

Reynolds has had no problem coming back to the team, scoring 12 goals in her first three matches back. The sophomore plays soccer year-round, and credited the constant involvement with the game to her easy transition.

She added two quick goals in the first four minutes of the half. A minute later, she crossed the ball into Espinoza, who struck the ball in for the final goal of the match.

The Lady Devils currently sit at the top of the region standings tied with Rockmart, the only team to beat them so far. Crowder knows her team isn’t going to blowout every opponent and is ready for what’s to come.

“We definitely have some tough competition, so we are just working to get better any way we can,” Crowder said. “It’s still the first week together, so we are still working to be more cohesive.”

Model plays again Tuesday against La­Fayette at home, while Armuchee travels to Gordon Central.