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Gandy-Cromer gets record as GAC girls roll

Special photo. Chelsea Gandy-Cromer (17) takes a shot on goal against River Ridge on Tuesday.

Special photo. Chelsea Gandy-Cromer (17) takes a shot on goal against River Ridge on Tuesday.

WOODSTOCK -- Troy Bendickson makes it a point not to mention individual goal totals to his girls soccer players, but he made an exception after Tuesday night's game.

Senior Chelsea Gandy-Cromer had two goals and two assists in the second-ranked Spartans' 9-0 win over No. 9 River Ridge in the Class AA second round, and her two goals gave her a school-record 35 on the season. The Auburn-bound striker broke the mark of 34 held by former standout Jennifer Johnson, who also played college soccer at Auburn.

"I never mentioned (the record) to her," Bendickson said. "We never talked about it one time this year, 'How many goals do you have?' ... It's nice for her to have it. Jennifer was a great player."

GAC (14-2-2) posted its 12th shutout of the season Tuesday night with relative ease, getting three goals from Rachel Garcia and two goals and an assist from Kayla Puzas. Alie Peterson (one goal, one assist), Taylor Wagnon (one goal, one assist), Lauren Bryan (one assist) and Mollie Arendale (one assist) alson contributed on offense.

The Spartans, who have outscored their opponents 106-9 this season, scored four quick goals and went up 6-0 at halftime. The starters played just 10 minutes of the second half and pushed the lead up to 8-0.

"We just played our game and controlled possession," Bendickson said. "(River Ridge) is a new school so they have mostly freshmen and sophomores, but they have a good core. They're going to be good."

River Ridge (13-4) did very well this season for a first-year varsity program under head coach Sarah Keppel Goodbread, a 2000 Meadowcreek graduate. Her team took an 11-game winning streak into the game with GAC.

The Spartans advance to play at Pike County in Friday's AA quarterfinals.