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MS Indians win first game; girls draw against Towns
The Tallulah Falls MS soccer teams took on visiting Towns County on Thursday, with the Indians picking up a 4-2 win and the girls playing to a 1-1 draw. It marked the first win for the boys this season.
The boys picked up the 4-2 win. After going down early 1-0, Isaac Farris equalized on a stellar through ball by Kale Borchers.
"The gents quickly identified the pressure and began to stiffen their backs defensively," says coach Chris Kafsky. "Offensively, we played the through balls well. We kept our foot on the gas with another goal after that."
The go-ahead score was by Kale Borchers from Jackson Savage's assist to make it 2-1. Farris then put TFS up 3-1 off another Borchers assist. Up 3-1 at the break, Tallulah Falls held on til the end.
"We knew Towns would come out physical, so we intended to keep our foot on the gas and beat them with our positioning and playing the ball," adds Kafsky.
The tactic paid off, though Towns scored on an unfortunate PK early in the second half to tighten the match at 3-2. From there, TFS controlled the ball and position and played stellar unselfish soccer, according to Kafsky. Farris took a PK to bring the tally to 4-2 and solidify the victory, marking a second hat trick for Farris.
"What a team win — our defense and midfield play is shaping up, playing well together, and supporting each other," states Kafsky.
- 3 - Isaac Farris (9)
- Kale Borchers (2)
- 2 - Kale Borchers (2)
- Jackson Savage (3)
Meanwhile, the Lady Indians had an early 1-0 lead within the first 16 minutes when LB Kafsky settled the opponent's goal kick and returned it with a nice left-footed shot in the back of the net. Towns County followed about 5 minutes later with a goal to knot the game, which held throughout.
"Both teams came back out making adjustments, and we possessed the ball 75% of the time in the second half but could not get the ball in the back of the net," says coach Laura Higbie. "Kafsky had some stellar shots on goal that unfortunately the wind carried wide. The most impressive part of this game was that exactly what we practiced as a team on Wednesday showed up during this entire match today. This is such a great group of coachable players. We turned up the aggression today and the girls were first to the ball and made several connecting passes. Ashlyn Cleveland, Narissa Dawson, Ryleigh Wilson, and Sarah Lundy provided a stellar defensive line today. We are definitely looking forward to a rematch next Wednesday."
- LB Kafsky (7)
The Indians are now 1-4 on the season, while the Lady Indians move to 2-3-2.