The Jackson County Comprehensive High School girls’ soccer team won region 8-AAA by virtue of a (goals against) tie breaker this week.
Then the team went on to cap its regular season with a 7-0 win against rival Jefferson on Tuesday, April 23 at Panthers Stadium.
The three-way tie followed Oconee County’s surprise 3-1 win recently over North Oconee, the only region opponent to beat the Lady Panthers.
“It’s the first time we won a region championship (in girls’ soccer) in school history,” coach Joe Ridgway said. “And it’s the best record we’ve had in school history.”
As the no. 1 seed, JCCHS (13-3, 6-1) will host the first round of the state playoffs on Thursday, May 2. The game is expected to start around 5:30 p.m., he said.
JCCHS will play Adairsville High School (10-7), the no. 4 seeded team in region 5-AAA.
In order to have a shot at the no. 1 spot, the Lady Panthers had to win all of its region games after its emotional loss to North Oconee.
Morgan County nearly spoiled those hopes in Madison last Friday, with JCCHS winning the close contest, 2-1.
The Lady Panthers did not play four to five of its starters for various reasons against Morgan County, Ridgway said.
The entire team pulled through, however, with Katie Phillips scoring JCCHS’ two goals as a number of substitutes stepped right into the action.
“I was really proud of our team,” Ridgway said. “We had a lot of girls who have not played all year step up and win that ball game for us. Without that win, we don’t win the region. It was huge for those girls to step up. It was a team effort.”