Trojans keep pace atop region standings
by Adam Carrington
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March 19, 2014 04:06 AM | 1599 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Lassiter scored in the first 3 minutes, then again in the final 3 to preserve a 2-0 victory over Roswell in a Region 5AAAAAA game Tuesday night at Frank Fillmann Stadium.

The Trojans (7-4, 3-0) took 13 unsuccessful shots in between the two goals, all along holding the Hornets (3-6-1, 0-4) to just two shots.

Lassiter, which returned only five players from last year’s region-championship team, is holding its own in region play. The Trojans are tied with Walton atop the standings as the only unbeaten teams.

Lassiter will be challenged at home Friday against Etowah, which is a half-game behind.

Roswell is still looking for its first region win, but its three previous region losses were by identical 1-0 scores.

“We played well but definitely left some opportunities out there,” Lassiter coach Sam Dietrich said. “We’re working hard during training and we’re working hard during games. We’re really young. We played a tough non-region schedule just to see what this team is made of.”

Jumar Oakley accounted for both of Lassiter’s goals, with Munear Abousaud providing the assists.

In the third minute of the game, Abousaud fed the ball outside to Oakley, who fired a shot right outside the penalty box and into the top-left corner of the net, just out of the reach of Roswell goalkeeper Tristan Kasharis.

Oakley had several opportunities to finish in between. His header off a Justin Black corner kick bounced off the crossbar. Another header off a corner kick stalled before reaching the goal.

Oakley seemingly scored early in the second half on a Nicholas Rocca assist, but the goal was called back on an offsides penalty.

Abousaud had some good looks at goal, too, totaling five shots, including two that just missed to the left. A 1-on-1 attempt against Kasharis late in the game was stopped by the Roswell goalkeeper.

But during the 77th minute, Abousaud set up the perfect cross inside the box, and Oakley was there to tap it in.

Although Lassiter kept Roswell in check, its defense still had to make plays in the second half.

Wolf Brown cleared out a loose ball inside the penalty box midway through the second half, before a Roswell player could get his foot on it. The Hornets threatened again during the 75th minute when the ball was bouncing around in front of the goal, but the Trojans’ Price Donaldson got to it first and cleared it out.

“Roswell began pressing more in the second half and started putting more numbers forward,” Dietrich said.

Roswell’s only shot opportunity came in the third minute of the second half, but Josh Stoll saved it.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lassiter 4, Roswell 1:
Four different players scored to keep Lassiter undefeated in Region 5AAAAAA.

Brittany Rooker and Megan McGuinness capitalized in the first half to give the Lady Trojans (7-2-1, 3-0) a two-goal lead at the break.

After Roswell scored its lone goal to get within one early in the second half, Kallie Vogel scored off a cross from McGuinness, and Kaitlyn Sterling capped Lassiter’s scoring on an assist from Mackenzie Brennan.

Shannon DeSantis made four saves from the Lassiter goal.
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