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Harlem girls, A.R. Johnson boys win in routs

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With a player late and the team decimated by injuries, the A.R. Johnson Lady Panthers started their game against Harlem with only 10 players Tuesday night.

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Harlem's Olivia Fitzgerald charges past A.R. Johnson's Latia Banks during their match Tuesday.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Harlem's Olivia Fitzgerald charges past A.R. Johnson's Latia Banks during their match Tuesday.

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The Lady Bulldogs also started with 10 to level the playing field, but still were too much to handle, winning 7-0.

“Sportsmanship is important,” said Lady Bulldogs head coach Rebekkah Bullard on why she started 10.

Olivia Fitzgerald was the starter who remained on the bench, but she made things happen once she got on the field, scoring a hat trick. Her final goal came with 5:11 to play.

“Getting the hat trick feels good, but I was being a little bit of a ball hog there at the end,” Fitzgerald admitted.

Once the Lady Panthers (0-3) had 11 available, they still played with 10 as coach Candice Campbell pulled a player who was playing with two hurt ankles. The Lady Bulldogs played with 11 in the second half.

Micah Mullis scored twice for Harlem (2-5), while Shelby Wilson and Jade Long had one goal apiece.

A.R. Johnson goalkeeper Taylor Harris had 20 saves as she was peppered all night.

In boys action, A.R. Johnson scored its first goal on a free kick from 35 yards out a little over a minute into the game and never looked back, beating the Bulldogs 5-1.

“My guys, if they stay in their game, they do an awesome job,” Panthers head coach Richard Clayton said.

After scoring the first goal, Billy Cleveland scored the Panthers (4-1) second on a penalty kick and had an assist late in the game. Wilson Ha, Julius Cherry and Campbell Ready scored the Panthers last three goals.

Austin Kissinger tallied the Bulldogs (4-2) lone goal.

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