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Hope  Brooks battles for the ball against Warner Robins on Friday.

The Mary Persons girls soccer team is off to a 1-0-1 start with a win over Peach County and a tie at Warner Robins.

On a misty night at a dog-eared Warner Robins High School, the girls not only hung with the Class AAAAA Demons but outplayed them Friday, Feb. 9. 

“If you told me before the game we would go down there and come out with a tie, I would’ve been happy,” said coach Dallas Hall. “But after the game, I was a little disappointed because I thought we were the better team. We left quite a few chances to win.”

Warner Robins struck first on a counter-attack late in the first half.

But the Lady Dogs answered as sophomore Taylor Buffington curved a corner kick toward the goal that deflected and went in to it at 1-1 late in the half.

In the second stanza, the Lady Bulldogs dominated possession but were unable to get a shot past a scrappy keeper and settled for a 1-1 tie.

“Our forward movement was not as good,” said Hall. “We’re not scoring as many goals as we should.”

Three days prior, the Lady Dogs dominated their season opener with a 9-2 road win over Peach County. Taylor Buffington scored four times, Abbie Davis added three, Kennedy Finch knocked in a corner kick and freshman Leslie Rivera added her first varsity goal to round out the scoring.

Hall said at halftime the girls agreed they had a “terrible” first half. But he said they did much better in the second half, passing the ball around like they would against Warner Robins.

The girls still have yet to play with a full roster. Hall hopes to get two starters back before region play starts. Rachel Adams may return within a week if she’s cleared after being injured in a game, and Alexis Havens was expected to return to practice this week after a bout with the flu.

The girls lost to Pike County 6-0 in a home scrimmage on Feb. 2.

It’s the second straight year the Lady Dogs have opened their season with a loss to the talented Lady Pirates. The Lady Dogs were playing without sophomore starter Taylor Buffington, who was finishing the basketball season.

Hall’s girls were scheduled to host rival Jackson on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and Ola on Friday, Feb. 16 this week. On Feb. 20 they are scheduled to host Houston County. Girls games start at 5:30 p.m.

See next week’s Reporter for a preview of the MP soccer season.