After beating region foe Fayette County on penalty kicks on Friday for a 1-0 win, the Grangers got a second-half goal from Jackson Fagundes on Thursday to beat visiting Smiths Station 1-0.
The Grangers (3-4) also beat Pike County 1-0 earlier this season, so in their three wins, they’ve scored two goals.
“We have a bunch of young guys, and we’re still trying to figure out how to win,” LaGrange head coach Keita Placide said.
Placide felt Friday’s win over Fayette County was huge for his team’s mindset.
The Grangers dominated much of the match but were unable to score in regulation or either of the two five-minute overtime periods.
When it came down to penalty kicks, the Grangers made three of their first four attempts to win it.
“Psychologically, (losing to Fayette) would have put us in a bad place,” Placide said.
Now the Grangers have won two straight games heading into Tuesday’s key Region 5-AAAA game at Carrollton.
Friday’s win over Fayette evened the Grangers’ region record at 1-1.
LaGrange also has region games coming up against Columbus and Troup.
“We have a tough schedule we’re looking at the next four or five games,” Placide said.
Against Smiths Station, the game was scoreless until the Grangers found the net on a corner kick in the second half.
James Hutton delivered the corner kick, and Fagundes knocked the ball into the net.
Placide said it’s a play the Grangers have worked on a lot in practice.
“We’ve been working in practice over and over,” Placide said. “It does pay when you see that. You know that your work is actually paying off.”