By Doug Gorman
The Jonesboro Cardinals boys and girls soccer teams weren't very nice hosts Tuesday night when the Stockbridge soccer teams came to town for an Area 2-AAAAA doubleheader.
By the end of the night, the Jonesboro girls won 2-1, while the boys overcame a 2-1 deficit early in the second half to pull out a 4-2 victory.
Jonesboro 2, Stockbridge 1 (girls): The Lady Cardinals didn't waste any time grabbing the momentum against the Lady Tigers.
Scoring both of its goals in the first 11 minutes of the game, Jonesboro held off the Tigers en route to a 2-1 victory.
"We know whenever we play a game against Stockbridge it is going to be close and physical," said Jonesboro coach David Priser.
Jonesboro took a 1-0 lead at the 35:54 mark of the first half when Amanda Traber took a pass from her sister Val and shot it into the back of the Lady Tigers' net.
A little more than a minute later, the Lady Cardinals led 2-0 when Michelle Lueke headed the ball into the goal. It was Lueke's second straight game with a goal off a header.
"This has always been a really good rivalry," said Lueke. "We have played club soccer with a lot of these players so it's a game we really want to win."
Amanda Traber called Tuesday's area win a collective effort.
"We have really learned to work together," she said. "This was a team effort all around."
With Jonesboro leading 2-0, the Lady Tigers briefly grabbed the momentum when Alissa Saylor scored the only goal of the night for Stockbridge.
Jonesboro goalie Laura Harris wouldn't be beat again.
The Lady Cardinals' keeper turned away nine shots and overcame a violent collision late in the game.
"That's just part of it," she said. "It's nothing dirt; it is just a physical sport."
Jonesboro 4, Stockbridge 2 (boys): Stockbridge's Robert Adamson might be a scoring machine, but he's not the only soccer player in the Southern Crescent who can find the back of the net.
The Jonesboro Cardinals' Brad Martin also has the ability to light up the scoreboard.
In Tuesday's game, Martin scored three goals and Adamson two.
Adamson, however watched most of the second half from the sidelines after being ejected from the game for excessive celebration on his second goal.
Those points gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead, but Stockbridge's lead was short lived as the Cardinals answered with three straight goals.
Ryan Chaffee's penalty kick tied the game at 2-all.
Martin then took a pass from Chaffee at the 52 minute of the game to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.
The Cardinals struck for one more goal when Martin added an unassisted goal with seven minutes remaining.
"This was a really big win for us," said Jonesboro coach Troy White. "It was physical, but we played really well."
Adamson scored the first goal of the game less than nine minutes into the game to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Martin started his offensive fireworks with 19:39 remaining in the first half.