At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 2-2, forcing a penalty kick shootout to determine the victor, and who would advance to the finals.
The Warriors came out strong and made 4 kicks while Calhoun only made 3.
Scoring for Ashworth in regulation was Victor Perez and Kenneth Cua.
Making kicks for the Warriors was Jorge Aranda, Victor Perez, Robin Reyes, and Kevin Yi.
Ashworth Boys Soccer Head Coach Daniel Worley was elated that his team won, and is preparing for the finals.
“This was a good win for us; we’re working hard to establish a top-notch soccer program here at Ashworth, but to be a top-notch program you have to beat quality teams like Calhoun,” said Worley.
“I’m extremely proud of my team and the effort they put forth today. We hope to ride this momentum into the final match, and bring the championship trophy to Ashworth.”
Calhoun Soccer Head Coach Matt Veal is sad that the season is over, but is proud of his team’s effort.
“We lost some eighth graders last year, so it was kind of a rebuilding year,” said Veal. “Ashworth has been wanting this a long time; it’s a big victory for them. Even when I was here coaching Ashworth, I lost to Calhoun.”
The Calhoun Lady Jackets fell to the Woodland Lady Wildcats in the girls’ semifinals.
At the end of regulation, the score remained null, forcing a penalty kick shootout.
The Lady Cats scored one more kick than Calhoun advancing them into the finals against the Cartersville Lady Hurricanes.
Veal is impressed with his team and the growth they have shown this year.
“We met our goals. A lot of girls came into their own later on in the season, which you like to see,” said Veal. “It’s been a great season; I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Veal went on to say that some of his players have been practicing with the high school team, and will be coming back next year.
“We got a lot of good kids,” said Veal. “We should be able to set higher goals next year.”
In other middle school action recently:
The County track meet commenced at Gordon Central Monday afternoon as Ashworth welcomed in Sonoraville and Calhoun.
On the girls’ side of the track, the undefeated Ashworth took first place, Sonoraville Lady Phoenix took second and the Lady Yellow Jackets finished in third.
For the boys’, Calhoun edged out on top with the Phoenix second, and Ashworth finishing in third place.
According to Ashworth Track Head Coach Rebecca Tatum, overall, Sonoraville finished first with 107 points; Ashworth placed second with 85 points, and Calhoun finished in third place with 48 points.
-Long Jump (14-05.75), High Jump (4-04.00), 100 (13.94)
-Shot (23-11.50) Discus (59-05)
-The 4x100 Relay team of Alyssa Adams, Breanna Drawdy, Olivia Bennett, and Kenzie Walraven took 1st with a time of (56.25).
-1600 (6:34.51) 300 Hurdles (1:00.85)
-100 (13.46) the 200 (27.71).
-100 Hurdles (19.95)
-100 Hurdles (20.90)
-Long Jump (16-07.00), High Jump (4-10.00), 100 (12.78)
-Shot (39-05.00) and Discus (101.01).
-The 4x100 Relay team of Austin Carter, Hunter Touhy, Jacob Bagwell, and Noah Ferguson took 1st with a time of (51.28).
-1600 (5:45.20) and 800 (2:42.67)
-100 (12.25) and the 200 (25.75)
-110 Hurdles (21.44) and 300 Hurdles (55.63)
Calhoun Girls Results
-Long jump-Sydnie Parker, 3rd
-High jump-Cayla Chapman, 3rd
-Shot put-Anna McHan, 3rd
-400 meter dash-Sydnie Parker, 1st; Blair -Robinson, 2nd
-100 meter dash-Eileen Lopez, 3rd
-100 meter hurdles-Britana Wilkey, 3rd
-800 meter run-Marlin Valdivia, 3rd
-300 meter hurdles-Eileen Lopez, 2nd
-1600 meter relay-Parker, Robinson, Georgia House, Xena Cooper, 2nd
3rd with 25.5 points.
The Calhoun Yellow Jackets traveled to Sonoraville on Tuesday to face the defending champs on their turf.
According to Calhoun Statistician Brooks Gallman, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead on the Phoenix scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning.
Sonoraville answered right back scoring 6 runs. Calhoun battled back and tied the game in the 3rd inning, and took the lead in the 4th.
In a back-and-forth 4th, the Phoenix plated their tying run, then the go ahead run in the 5th inning for an 8-7 win.
On the mound for Calhoun was Grant Clark, who pitched a complete game.
Leading the offensive push for Calhoun was Jarrett Carden with 2 hits; Tanner Gallman with 2 hits and an RBI; Rhett Rogers had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
The Ashworth Warriors lost 12-5 against the Cass Colonels.