Drocea’s Goals Power Lady Cats Past RHS in Scrimmage
After scoring a team-high 25 goals last season for the Giles County High School girls’ soccer team, junior striker Tori Drocea picked up right where she left off Tuesday, scoring twice in a 3-1 scrimmage victory over rival Richland.
The match, played at Rotary Park in Pulaski, marks the start of preseason 11-on-11 soccer for both local programs which are each coming off double-digit win seasons in 2016. The two teams, which previously played in the A/AA classification, will play in separate postseason brackets now that the Tennessee Secondary Athletic Associations split Class Single-A and Double-A. The Lady Raiders will play in District 10-A, while the Lady Cats will take on the District 11-AA field.
Sophomore Addie Lake opened the scoring Tuesday when she connected on a shot in the box to give GCHS a 1-0 advantage in the 13th minute. Richland answered with its first goal of the preseason just six minutes later when senior Audrey Briggs scored off a corner kick from Emma Ray Rifkin.
The match remained tied 1-1 until the 26th when Drocea was assisted by Allie Toone to put her team back on top. Drocea chipped in her second goal early in the second half to bring the score to its final tally of 3-1 in favor of Giles County. Madelyn Britton and Bre Grigsby both also notched assists for GCHS.
Both teams are roughly two weeks away from the start of the regular season when the Lady Cats will travel to former district rival Wayne County Aug. 17. The Lady Raiders are scheduled to open the season the same day with a 10-A contest at Hickman County.