Quick strike Union Grove defeats Jenkins 5-0 in the first round of Class AAAAA playoffs

By Doug Gorman


Two minutes and 45 seconds, that's how much time the Union Grove Wolverines took to find the back of the Jenkins' goal once the first-round of the Class AAAAA soccer tournament began Wednesday afternoon in McDonough.

The quick-strike goal sent a dager through the hearts of the Jenkins squad and it never recovered.

Union Grove scored four more times in the first half en route to the 5-0 victory.

According to Cody Guined, the Lady Wolverines' head coach, getting out to an early lead was huge for his team.

"It was big," he said. "The way we see it, there are a lot of people not expecting too much from us. We are young, we are very young, so I guess the girls feel like they have something to prove."

The Lady Wolervines took control of the game when Katelyn Stallings scored for Union Grove to give her team a 1-0 lead.

From there, Kristyn Thacker and Ashley Nagy shared the scoring duties, connecting on two goals each.

Thacker added her first goal of the afternoon at the 26:49 mark of the first half to give the Lady Wolverines a 2-0 lead.

Seconds later, the ball was again past the Jenkins goal keeper, this time on a penalty kick.

Nagy did the damage this time around after getting pulled down in the box. The penalty shot gave Union Grove a 3-0 lead with more than 26 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Lady Wolverines dynamic duo each contributed on the fourth goal as Nagy fed a pass to Thacker, who conntected on her second goal of the day to give her squad a 4-0 advantage.

Nagy used her foot again to give the Lady Wolverines a