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Lady Hounds season ends in Round of 16

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    Maddie Schwab powers the ball downfield in Monday’s loss to McIntosh. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Shayla Pennington (3) looks for an opening as she throws the ball inbounds. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Moments after Monday’s loss, head coach Mikayla Greene shared an embrace with the team’s seniors as they left the field. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Trinity DuLong (8) tries to head off a Lady Chiefs forward in Monday’s Round of 16 match. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Maggie Glover (11) dribbles the ball away to look for an open space downfield. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Aniya Canty (22) moves the ball toward the McIntosh end of the field. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Senior goalie Molly Keenum dives to deflect a McIntosh scoring try away from the goal. BRAD HARRISON/Staff

PEACHTREE CITY — The greatest girls soccer season in school history ended on Monday night for the Lady Greyhounds.

Playing in the Round of 16, Jones County ended up being no match for the tradition-rich Lady Chiefs of McIntosh, losing 9-0.

"They're very technical. They all play club and have probably been playing since they were five years old," Lady Greyhounds head coach Mikayla Greene said of McIntosh. "It's hard to compete against that."

Jones County did anything but roll over, however.

"These kids have stuff you can't teach, they refuse to lose," Greene said. "It could have easily been 10-0. They have grit; you can't teach that."

Against a team with aspirations of putting the game away early, the Lady Hounds stood tough, trailing 2-0 inside the final ten minutes of the first half. The wheels came off after that as two McIntosh goals within 90 seconds plus another before halftime made it 5-0 at the break. JCHS yielded a penalty kick goal early in the second half to McIntosh, which despite relentless efforts in the final 40 minutes was unable to hit double digits.

Those efforts included putting Emily Brenneman back on defense to start the game, who in the first-round win against Warner Robins shifted there once JCHS had the lead. After the Lady Chiefs jumped put front, she was moved toward the forward position.

"Coming in, we knew how talented McIntosh was," Greene said. "Our goal was just to try and keep it close. We put a lot of people back on defense and wanted to keep in the game and try and keep it close. Once I saw McIntosh possess the ball the way they were and we didn't have hardly any shots on goal in the first half, we just decided to go ahead and put Brenneman up and try to score and scratch one out of there."

As they had all year long, the Lady Greyhounds tenacity was strong to the end. On a night in which the Lady Chiefs ball movement severely limited Jones County's ability to put offensive scoring chances together, key kicks from the defensive end slowed the Lady Chiefs down enough to keep the deficit at single digits.