Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

LEESBURG -- Lee County's soccer girls like to pick at goalkeeper Ashley Law about the laid-back job she has most game days.

Tuesday's first round in the Region 1-AAAA playoffs was one of those days. Law saw just one shot on goal, and even then she didn't have to touch the ball on a shot that sailed wide of the net, during a 10-0 win over Jones County.

"We always joke around with her, (saying) she can sit down," Lady Trojans' senior Haley Cimino said of Law's cushy work. "She didn't do anything (Tuesday)."

She didn't have to. The Lady Trojans set up shop on Jones County's half of the field and tried to see just how fast they could put the 10-goal mercy rule into effect. Rachel Hatch ended it with 12 minutes left by scoring her fourth goal of the day.

Hatch said she believes that number tied her career-high for goals in a game. She's not really sure about it, or even how many goals she's scored this year in another All-Region caliber season.

"I have no idea (about stats)," Hatch said. "I just don't (keep up with them). I just play to play."

Hatch and freshman Carson Taylor put the Lady Trojans (14-1-1) up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. Taylor, one of several freshmen who contribute for Lee County, would add another long-range score in the second half for a 6-0 lead.

Hatch scored twice in the first and added an assist to fellow senior Kelly Polk before chipping in two more easy scores in the second half.

Sophomore Casey Schoenberger, freshman Sarah Sheffield and Cimino all added goals of their own to cruise to another easy region victory.

"I believe it will get tougher," Cimino said.

That stronger matchup may come Thursday when Lee County hosts the winner of No. 2 seed Upson-Lee and No. 3 seed Bainbridge in the semifinals of the region tournament at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Trojans fell in the region title game last season to Thomas County Central, but with the cast of characters coach Dave Baltenberger has this year, a region title is just a small part of what Lee County hopes to accomplish.

"There's nobody out there that's not a solid player," said Balterberger, whose team qualified for the state playoffs with Tuesday's win. "Now it's just a matter of playing well and a little luck."

HARRIS COUNTY BOYS 3, LEE COUNTY 0: The Trojans had their chances early and late, but found a stone wall in net for the Tigers during a 3-0 loss in the Region 1-AAAA playoffs, eliminating Lee County from the state playoffs.

Harris County goalkeeper Zach Sweat stoned Mitch Goodman and Co. on several shots on goal and even the one he didn't get to didn't cost him. After the Tigers (5-7-1) went ahead 1-0 on Alex Krytsky's penalty kick goal with 13:13 left in the first half, Lee County tried to answer with a PK of its own less than a minute later.

Mason Smith's free kick, however, struck the top of the goal and came right back to him, but Sweat stopped the rebound to preserve the shutout.

"It's frustrating and disappointing," Lee County head coach Billy Cash said. "Second half we had between five and 10 shots, and half of them were one-on-one with the keeper, and we just couldn't put them away."

Krystky added another goal in the second half before Carson Alford iced the game with Harris County's third score.

The Trojans (5-10) lose seniors Dante Smith and Ryan McNeil, but will look to reload next year on the strength of the team's 11 juniors.