St. Pius ends J-boro's season

By Anthony Rhoads

For 75 minutes Tuesday, the Jonesboro girls soccer team played St. Pius, the No. 6-ranked team in the state to a 0-0 tie.

Unfortunately for the Lady Cardinals, St. Pius was able to get two goals within a five-minute span late in the first half to take a 2-0 victory in the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

At the 16:55 mark, Mia Alphonso scored to give St. Pius a 1-0 lead and with 10:28 remaining, she struck again.

St. Pius played on Jonesboro's side of the field for the almost the entire game with Jonesboro's rarely getting beyond midfield. St. Pius got off about 40 shots while getting nine corner kicks.

Jonesboro's didn't get any shots in the entire game.

While St. Pius fired off plenty of shots in the game, Jonesboro goalkeeper Brittany Brooks stepped up with 28 saves.

"She's incredible, for her first year playing keeper and first year playing soccer at all," Trucks said. "We had a 45-minute goalkeeper session and it was like a duck takes to water. She just takes to the position. She still has a lot to learn but as far as being able to stop the ball, I wouldn't want anyone else back there. "I would have liked to have gotten to (penalty kicks) like we did with North Atlanta (in the Region 5-AAAA tournament). With Brittany back there, I would have been confident."

Jonesboro (12-5-1) had won five straight, including a 2-1 victory over Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe. Jonesboro was the Region 5-AAAA champion this year, beating North Atlanta in the finals.

Trucks said he was proud of his team and the progress that was made this year, especially after losing several seniors from last season.

"I feel like as if we won," Trucks said. "It was a loss but sometimes with a loss, you can make extra statements. To only allow two goals, that was a step up. We're progressing."

The Jonesboro boys (13-2-1) play host to Etowah (11-4-1) today at 7 p.m. in the second round of the state playoffs.