By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — Pinson Valley junior forward Tori Gann didn’t feel any different heading into Tuesday’s game against Clay-Chalkville.
She had, after all, never competed in a game against the crosstown rival.
“I didn’t know what to expect but we wanted to beat them because they’re our rival in other sports at Pinson,” Gann said.
Gann dominated in an 8-0 Pinson Valley win, scoring seven goals to wow those in attendance. She scored three goals in the first half and four in the second half, all shots on goal.
“I always go into every game wanting me and my teammates to play our best and work together,” Gann said. “Whenever I score, my teammates and coaches are always encouraging me and giving me support.”
After Gann scored each goal, her mindset didn’t change. She tried to create opportunities for teammates to score.
“You never know when a team can come back,” she said.
Gann, who has played soccer since age 5, verbally committed to play at UAB on Monday.
“I like coach (Harold) Warren’s style of coaching and the fact that the girls on the team act like a family,” Gann said.
This is Gann’s first season playing varsity soccer. She’s played club soccer for the Birmingham United Soccer Association team in the Elite Clubs National League.
It is not yet known if Gann’s seven goals is a school record. A coach is going to look it up “so I can try to beat it by the end of the season,” Gann said.
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