Hawks seal shutout win over Eagles


In the battle of the birds soccer contest, the Lady Hawks of Mill Creek High School earned their second win of the season in a 4-0 win over the Eagles of Etowah High School.

The offense was sparked by Kristin Gomez who got Mill Creek’s first goal of the night. Lauren Tanner sealed two goals on the night and Mill Creek was able to utilize other players to score. While Tanner is the focal point of the offense, the Hawks don’t put all their eggs in one basket.

“We definitely want to get more goals from more players. We don’t want Lauren to have to do all the work,” said head coach Brent Leitsch. “Good teams will be able to shut her down so having other players able to score can allow us to punish other teams who keep their attention on Lauren,”

The Hawks moved to 2-0 with the win over Etowah as many of other teams that will oppose the Hawks are sitting at 1-1.

“It feels good. We have some injuries we are dealing with but we are getting better. When we get healthy, we are going to be a tough team to beat,” said Leitsch.

The Hawks had their hands full with Caroline Waters of Etowah as the speedster was hard to defend down the field. However, Mill Creek’s goalkeeper Caroline Youngblood was on top of her game when Waters was prepping for either an assist or a goal.

“We were aware that she was a good player and that she was strong physically but, there was no way we could prep for that kind of speed. We had to make some adjustments,” Leitsch said.

A shutout win makes the kind of statement the Hawks want to make.

“We like to keep a clean sheet,” said Leitsch.

The Hawks will return to action tomorrow at home against Northview High School at 5:30 p.m.