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Provence leads Lady Cats to 6-0 victory

Senior midfielder Aubre Provence turned in a three-goal hat trick Tuesday night at Centennial Field, leading Coach Chip Ariail’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats soccer team to a 6-0 victory over the Albany High School Lady Indians.

The win improved the Lady Cats’ season record to 3-0.

Provence scored the first goal in the seventh minute, following a failed clearance ball from 22 yards out in the center of the field.

Senior forward Whitney Thomas scored the Lady Cats’ second goal. She dribbled through the Lady Indians defense and scored from 10 yards out in the ninth minute.

The advantage increased to 3-0 when sophomore midfielder Savannah Cook followed up a loose ball in the center of the 6-yard box and drilled a shot into the net.

Thomas intercepted a ball on the left side in the 39th minute and quickly shot and scored the fourth goal from 16 yards out.

Provence completed her hat trick by scoring the final two goals of the match. It was the third consecutive hat trick by a Lady Cats player in as many matches.

Leanna Flowers had one in the Lady Cats 4-3 season opening victory over the Westover High School Lady Patriots at home, and Whitney Thomas had one in their 6-0 victory over the Berrien County High School Lady Rebels in Nashville.

Provence’s final two goals against the Lady Indians came in the 46th and 65th minutes. The first, which came from 12 yards out, was set up on a nice drop pass from Flowers and the second came on a 20-yard free kick from the center of the field.

Coach Ariail liked what his team did against the Lady Indians, pointing out that the effort was there.

“Overall I was pleased with the win and the effort, but we know going into Region 1AAAA South Sub-Region play, which began Thursday night against the Americus-Sumter County High School Lady Panthers in Americus and will continue Tuesday against the Thomas County Central High School Lady Yellow Jackets at Centennial Field, we still must work to become more efficient in our fundamentals, ball possession, communication and above all unity.”