by Carolyn Rumpel
The Panthers came out to face a tough East Coweta (EC) team last Thursday (3/23). Just eight minutes into the game, with a leading pass from Anna Parker, Chloe Thompson started the Panthers off strong putting the ball in the center of the net just to the left, and out of reach, of the EC goalie. After the early goal, the Indians stepped up their game and kept our defense and goalkeeper, Zoey Stellman, busy. The Panther defense (Mary Jane Gagliano, Emma Valli, Jacquline Reardon, and Alivia Sapienza) worked hard against the offensively aggressive EC team. Zoey Stellman had nine stops in the first half including two direct kicks by EC. Offensively, the Panthers had several other opportunities to score from both Sara Evans as well as a perfectly placed corner kick by Noodle (Katelyn O'Shields) to Ali Rumpel for the shot, but the EC keeper wouldn’t let one by her. With 3:47 left on the clock, EC ripped a shot that Zoe deflected, EC shot again and Zoe had yet another amazing stop, but the Indians took advantage of the loose ball and followed up with a goal bringing the half time score to 1-1.
East Coweta came out strong in the second half with a quick shot on goal within the first couple of minutes, but Zoe continued her great work in goal with a stop. The Panthers answered with three back-to-back attempts on goal by Chloe Thompson, Ali Rumpel and Lexi Edwards. The Indians took notice and, with 21:52 left on the clock, put one away to bring the score to 1-2. With several scoring opportunities including a direct kick by Noodle, a shot by Chloe Thompson, and a shot by Anna Parker that the EC goalie fumbled, the Panthers couldn’t get a second shot to fall. Although the Panthers fought hard both on offense and defense, putting up a great fight against a strong East Coweta team, they walked away, heads held high, with only their second loss this season.
The season wraps up with a big battle against McIntosh at 5:55 PM Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Show your support at McIntosh High School during “Battle for the Troops” week and cheer on the Panthers in the final match of their outstanding season!
by Ernie Jacksonnight, Coach Fleming carried her 12 available Lady Panthers and her ever increasing list of walking wounded over to Northgate High School in search of the teams sixth straight win. While the Lady Panthers played with only one substitute, the 11 on the field dominated the Vikings for 70 minutes. It only took for Chloe Thompson to find the back of the net on a beautiful lofted ball from just inside the box over the keepers outstretched hands and just under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead. Northgate established some possession over the next four minutes, and earned a solid strike on goal, but keeper Zoey Stellman was up to the challenge with a terrific save to keep the clean sheet in tact. The last 20 minutes of the half became the Chloe Thompson/Anna Parker show putting tremendous pressure on the Viking back four and breaking them down three times in the final 20 minutes of the first half with some nice give and gos. Chloe Thompson finished two of them and Anna Parker found the net for her first goal on the night. The Lady Panthers lost another player for the game in Lauren Ambrose came out due to injury. But Coach Fleming had no problem calling on eighth grader Jacqueline Reardon, one of our keepers, to step in and she played an outstanding game at outside back. The Lady Panthers held a 4-0 halftime lead.
The Lady Panthers came out of halftime fired up and earned a quick score with the always aggressive Chloe Thompson stepping in front of a misplayed ball in the Viking backfield to earn her fourth goal on the night and a 5-0 lead just into the second half. With left in the game, the Vikings made a mistake deep in their half and allowed Lady Panther midfielder Ali Rumpel to tee one up and she hammered a rocket right through the Vikings keeper's gloves giving the Lady Panthers a resounding 6-0 lead. After several good runs on the night from freshman Lexi Edwards, she got loose on the far side and played a long bending cross towards the far post and it found the foot of a sliding at full speed Anna Parker for the finish and her second goal on the night with to go. frustration set in for the Vikings and they picked the wrong player to trip in the box, Chloe Thompson, who made them pay with her 5th goal on the night into the upper right corner on the PK. The score stayed 8-0 the rest of the way giving the Lady Panthers their sixth win in a row and a 7-1 record on the season. They will have a week to heal up and prepare for a home match against Sandy Creek. Come out and support the team!
by Ernie Jackson
The Starr's Mill Lady Panthers JV Girls took their winning streak over to the new MOBA facility in Peachtree City for a rematch with the Whitewater Lady Wildcats. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Lady Panthers brought their attack and a stifling defense. The Lady Panthers defense yielded only a handful of weak shot attempts and controlled the game from the opening minute. The Lady Panthers earned their first of nine corners on the night at the 30:00 minute mark of the first half and just missed on a loose ball in front of the WW keeper. Two minutes later Lauren Ambrose was hustling up the right side when Sara Evans sent a penetrating ball through that the WW center back misplayed and it found the right foot of Ambrose, who did not miss on her shot, giving the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead. The remainder of the half saw the Lady Panthers maintain superior possession, but couldn't find the net on several good opportunities. However, that 8th grader again, Chloe Thompson, found the ball just outside the box and beat the two WW center backs with a hard shot on goal that the keeper couldn't handle cleanly. The ball bounced out to an oncoming freshman, Heart Williams, who completed the deal bottom right and a 2-0 halftime lead.
The second half saw the Lady Panthers defense step it up and shut down any realistic scoring opportunity. "The Emmas" (Valli and Smallwood) played outstanding at their outside back positions while the centerbacks, Mary Jane Gagliano and Haley Grebek were rocks in front of the Lady Panthers Keepers all night. The Mill had several great scoring opportunities late in the game, but saw their shots sail wide of the goal until Chloe Thompson tallied another goal on the season with a strong finishing run and stellar 1v1 attack on the back to beat the keeper lower left and complete the 3-0 victory. The win moves the Lady Panthers to 6-1 on the season. The Lady Panthers will go for their 6th win in a row Thursday night at 7:00 pm on the road against an always tough Northgate Vikings lady's soccer team.
by Ernie Jackson
On Friday night, the Lady Panthers traveled to Newnan to take on a very strong Newnan Lady Cougars team. From the start of the game everyone could see this was going to be a competitive, physical game. Newnan was able to match the great speed of the Lady Panthers and employed a very compact, conservative defense to slow the offense of the Lady Panthers. Sara Evans worked herself into a good scoring position at the 20:32 mark of the first half, but she was denied by the crossbar and the score remained 0-0 for the first half. Neither team was able to establish a consistent attack but the Lady Panthers did let a couple of very good chances slip by the goal and saw a few others stopped by very good keeper play from the Lady Cougars.
The second half started with Starr's Mill getting some deep penetration at the 32:19 mark to earn a foul and a free kick just outside the box. Sophomore Katelyn O'Shields used some savvy to quickly place the ball and fire the direct free kick past the unaware Newnan defense and the keeper was left unable to react to the perfectly placed shot. The goal put the Lady Panthers up 1-0. The remainder of the contest looked a lot like the first half as both teams were unable to find the back of the net. Both teams saw excellent defensive play, especially from eighth grader Ali Rumpel, who appeared to be all over the field. The clock ran out and The Mill earned their 5th victory on the season with a 1-0 win. They play again on Monday night against Whitewater High School at the new MOBA soccer complex on Highway 74. Come out and support the team!
by Ernie Jackson
The East Coweta Indians brought a very talented team to Starr's Mill night to take on our surging JV Lady Panthers. The game was a back and forth affair for the first six minutes. But at the 28:40 mark in the game the Lady Indians found a great scoring opportunity on a served ball in front of the Lady Panthers goal. Eighth grade keeper Zoey Stellman was ready for the strong header and picked it out of the sky to stop the threat. The game settled into a possession affair for the next several minutes as neither team could establish much offensive flow as the defenses were holding firm. That all changed at the 23 minute mark in the first half. East Coweta's back line was pressing higher and higher and 8th grader Chloe Thompson started working her magic. She stepped in front of a poor pass to earn a quick score and put the Lady Panthers up 1-0 with left in the first half. , Thompson followed a shot that bounced off the Indian Keeper giving her a second goal on the evening and a Lady Panther 2-0 lead. This lead held until halftime though the Lady Panthers established their attack and earned several quality shots that just slipped by the goal which could have given them a bigger lead.
The second half quickly became the Chloe show once again. Justinto the second half, Nicki Jackson found Chloe on a long pass where Thompson finished for for her third goal on the evening. , East Coweta tried to start a comeback with a score on a steal deep in the Lady Panthers backfield. The score was 3-1 and that was as close as the Indians would get as the defense tightened up and the offense kept on clicking. Eighth grader Sara Evans found Thompson in a nice 2 man game through the center of the Indian back line and earned herself an assist and Thompson's fourth goal on the night. With just under a minute left, Evans took matters into her own hands with a long run from just inside midfield and sliced through the Indian defense to earn herself a goal on the night and give the Lady Panthers a solid 5-1 victory over the East Coweta soccer team. The win moves the Lady Panthers record to 4-1 on the season, with 3 wins in a row outscoring their opponents 24-1 during the streak.
by Ernie Jackson
On Tuesday night, the Starr's Mill JV Lady Panthers picked right up where the ended prior to the winter break with a dominating 10-0 victory over cross-county rival, the Fayette County High School Tigers. The win moves the young Lady Panthers to 3-1 on the season with 3 shutouts. The high octane offense has scored 19 goals in their past 1 1/2 games with several players contributing the scoring. Lauren Ambrose go the scoring started early at just 1:31 seconds into the game with a nice move around the left back to beat the keeper. It was one of two goals on the night for Lauren, who also had a beautiful assist to Anna Parker with a cross and finish just past the diving Fayette County keeper. Anna also scored 2 goals on the night. Nicki Jackson got into the action early with a strong corner kick just past the keeper to a waiting Ali Rumpel for the finish with a strong header. Nicki decided to help herself to a goal with 7:15 left in the first half as she stole a ball deep in the Fayette County backfield which gave the Lady Panthers a 5-0 lead. This goal opened the flood gates as the Lady Panthers found the back of the net 4 more times in the final 5:39 of the first half. Chloe Thompson continued her stellar play and her goal with 19 seconds left in the first half was a thing of beauty as she connected on a shoulder high volley with a strong left finish into the left corner of the goal. The keeper didn't even have time to react. Fellow eighth grader, Sara Evans, wasn't going to be outdone as she took a poor goal kick from the Fayette County keeper from the defender and easily fit the ball into the corner of the net. The score made it 9-0 at the half.
The second half was more of the same. After just 3:26 had elapsed, Chloe Thompson got loose behind the Fayette County defenders and slotted a ball easily around the oncoming keeper. The goal was Chloe's third on the night and sent everyone home early with a strong victory to start the home stretch of the girl's season. The Lady Panthers have 2 more matches this week, including a Thursday night match up at home against East Coweta, followed by a Friday night away match at Newnan High School.
by Ernie Jacksonnight, the Starr's Mill JV Lady Panthers went to Tyrone to play the Sandy Creek Patriots and put on a show. Looking to come back from a difficult outing against McIntosh, the Lady Panthers got the offense rolling and dominated the Patriots for the entire contest. Anna Parker got the scoring going early for the Lady Panthers just into the contest for a quick 1-0 lead. At the 27:10 mark in the contest, Sara Evans showed her excellent 1v1 skills as she used a beautiful step over on the Patriot center back and that opened her up to beat the keeper for a 2-0 lead. This was the first of four goals on the night for eighth grader Sara, to go along with one assist. At the mark in the first half, Lauren Ambrose broke free to set up a long cross in front of the keeper, where Nicki Jackson was waiting to flick an assist to freshman Emma Smallwood for the finish and a 3-0 lead. , Katelyn O'Shields sent a penetrating pass through the center backs playing a little too high for Sara Evans, as she chased it down for a 4-0 lead. 45 seconds later Emma Smallwood earned an assist by working a nice give and go in the box with Evans to give the Lady Panthers a 5-0 halftime lead.
The second half saw the Lady Panthers stay up tempo and keep the pressure on the Patriots. Eighth grader Ali Rumpel got into the scoring act at the 31:51 mark on an assist from fellow eighth grader Evans. Sara followedto give the Lady Panthers a resounding 7-0 lead with left. The Patriots tried to gain some momentum by adding additional speed on the flanks, but Hailey Grebeck and Mary Jane Gagliano would have none of it. They dominated the back of the pitch and enabled Jacqueline Reardon to keep a clean sheet. With remaining Katelyn O'Shields wasn't going to be scoreless in the contest as she found the net to give the Lady Panthers an 8-0 lead. It took a lot of shots and 69 minutes and 59.3 seconds, but Nicki Jackson finished the thrashing with a quick flick into the left corner of the goal to beat the keeper to earn her first goal on the season and give the Lady Panthers a 9-0 win and move to 2-1 on the season. The JV Lady Panthers will enjoy a week off before returning to the pitch on at home against the Fayette County Lady Tigers. Come out and watch this fun, fast group of ladies try to move to 3-1 on the season.
by Ernie Jackson
The Lady Panthers JV soccer team hosted their crosstown rivals, the McIntosh Lady Chiefs night, and it was a tale of two halves. The first half saw the Lady Chiefs dominate the possession game, but thanks to 8th grader Chloe Thompson, they couldn't maintain their lead. McIntosh scored first at 27:03 in the first half, but just seconds later Chloe received a long pass from fellow 8th grader, Sara Evans, through the high back line of the Lady Chiefs and beat the Keeper with a great soft touch shot into the far corner to tie the game up at 1-1. Unfortunately, just , McIntosh retook the lead and held that lead at 2-1 until left in the first half. That is when Thompson took it upon herself to beat the Lady Chief center back 1 v 1 and then drill a shot high right of the keeper to knot the match up at 2. The score remained 2-2 at the half. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring the Lady Panthers would be able to find on the evening.
The second half saw the Lady Chiefs come out firing and packed the center of the pitch with midfielders which put a ton of pressure on the young Lady Panthers for the entire second half. Justinto the second half, the Lady Chiefs found the back of the net as one of their forwards slipped in behind our center backs and made us pay with an easy goal. The Lady Chiefs earned three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half and wound up with 12 for the game. This was the result of them continuously rotating players in and out keeping pressure up all night. The Lady Chiefs found the back of the net two more times in the second half to secure a dominant 5-2 victory and handing the Lady Panthers their first lost on the young season. Sophomore Anna Parker wins a toughness accolade as she went down hard at the end of the first half, but returned to the game as the Lady Panthers are still short on substitutes. Little did she know that she was playing with a broken wrist! The Lady Panthers look to get back on the winning track this week as the play their first away game at Sandy Creek High School night at .
by Ernie Jackson
night, the Starr's Mill Lady Panthers JV hosted the Wildcats from Whitewater in Panther Stadium and notched their first victory of the season with a 1-0 final. While the score was close, the game was not as the Lady Panthers dominated in possession, aggressiveness and shots on goal. The Lady Panthers attack was led by midfielders Chloe Thompson and Sara Evans, both 8th graders. They were able to maintain control of the pace of game throughout and decimated the Wildcat defense right through the center of the field all night. The defense was anchored by Haley Grebeck at her center back position, so sophomore Katelyn O'Shields could support the attack into the final third. The Lady Panthers amassed 13 quality shots on goal in the first half, just missing at the minute mark when Sara Evans launched a bullet that caught the crossbar and unfortunately, didn't sneak in for a score. The game was tied 0-0 at the half, but Starr's Mill was in control from the start of the contest. The second half saw more of the same with excellent midfield play and finally, with left in the game, Sara Evans again penetrated the WW defense and dropped a ball to an oncoming Katelyn O'Shields who hammered a shot from 25 yards through the outstretched fingertips of the WW keeper just under the crossbar. It was the perfect birthday gift as this goal proved to be the game winner. The second half also saw some excellent defensive play by freshman Lexi Edwards who was able to cover the left side of the pitch and shut down any attempts by WW to mount an outside attack. The win was a nice team effort as the Lady Panthers were a bit short-handed in personnel. They will need another solid effort night as we take on our crosstown rival McIntosh at at Panther Stadium! Come out an support the girls as they look to start the season 2-0.