The Banks County High School girls’ soccer team improved to 3-6-1 last week after notching back-to-back wins.
On Thursday, the Lady Leopards traveled to Fannin County for a Region 7-AAA contest with the Rebels.
MacKenzie Simpson scored the lone goal in the game on an assist from Maddie Knowles. The Leopard defense held Fannin County scoreless, securing a 1-0 Banks County victory.
Lady Leopard head coach Tammy Kennedy called the victory over the Rebels a “big win,” as it marked Banks County’s first region win under Kennedy.
The previous Tuesday, the Leopards picked up a non-region victory at home over Hart County.
The two teams remained scoreless through the first half, but Banks County put strong pressure on the Bulldog defense for much of the second half.
With only 4:50 seconds remaining in regulation, Hannah Baker snuck a low-rolling kick past the Hart County goalkeeper to put the Lady Leopards up 1-0. The Banks County defense finished the job by holding Hart County’s pressure at bay.
Kennedy praised her “young but strong” defense for holding their last two opponents scoreless.
“Madsion Parks, Grayson Boyd, Kaylee Whitfield and Brittney Espinoza are tough to get through,” said Kennedy. “But when an offense does penetrate we have an outstanding freshman goalie in Gabby Kennedy.”
“Espinoza has two saves herself this year,” added Kennedy. “When the goalie gets pulled out the players know to back her. Whitfield and Boyd are fast and are able to run down opponents,while Parks has some pretty footwork.”
The Lady Leopards are 1-2 in region play and still have four more 7-AAA tilts remaining on the schedule.
Banks County hosted White County on Tuesday, but details were unavailable at press time.
The Leopards will host West Hall (5-7-1) on Thursday before taking a brief hiatus for spring break.
“ We have a tough region schedule to finish and are hoping to upset some of the teams we face this week,” said Kennedy.