Veterans, last year’s AAAA State runnerup, scored four first half goals led by Senior Forward Khala Owens, in route to the victory
Owens opened the scoring in the seventh minute after volleying home a cross from Mahalia Laquines, who created numerous dangerous opportunities down the left wing in the match.
Veteran’s Taylor Craig then lofted a Corner kick to Owens who just got past a Bainbridge defender, for the second score in the 16th minute to give Veteran’s a 2-0 advantage.
Owens, then completed a hat trick for the game, scoring a shot from the top of the Penalty area in the 19th minute. The final goal of the first half came from a crossing pass by Laquines to a Veteran’s midfielder , who converted for a goal with just over two minutes to play.
Owens scored a penalty kick in the 55th minute of the second half to finish the game with four goals.
“Going in we knew it was going to be tough as Veterans was a senior dominated team, who last season were the state AAAA runnerup. Their forward (Owens) was a strong and skilled player who was a tough matchup to mark,” Coach Chip Arail said.
We got behind in the first half and never could get into a rhythm offensively. The second half we played inspired, but unfortunately could not muster enough possession to have a quality attack along with giving up a Penalty Kick and then giving up a judgment goal (Official ruled Bainbridge goal Keeper Morgan Cannon had crossed the line with the ball). But regardless I was proud of our girls in hustling to the end.
I want to thank all of our seniors for their leadership all season: Defenders Rebecca Mulkey, Lilly Gomez, Honorina Barrios, and midfielder Jennifer Becerra.
Veterans hosted Southeast Whitfield last night . The Raiders, who are the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAA, advanced by defeating White County 4-2.