Both of those situations changed on Thursday.
Georgia's girls jumped to a 2-0 lead midway through the first half and held on for a historic 4-3 win at Harmon Field.
For our girls to come out and play as well as they did tonight just shows the talent level that they have," said LFO head coach Jonathan Schneider, who coached the Georgia Stars along with Rome coach Jessica Hewitt. "Considering we only had a couple of practices, they played really well. I'd like to see how good we could have been with even more practice time."
Georgia got on the board in the 22nd minute as a crossing pass from Model's Shari Langley found the foot of Ridgeland's Amber Scealf, who beat GPS keeper Abby Ellis for the night's first goal.
Two minutes later, Langley burned Tennessee from 25 yards out, catching Ellis too far off her line before sending a high, arching shot just over her outstretched fingertips to give Georgia a stunning two-goal lead.
"It was a huge sigh of relief," Schneider said of the quick lead. "Coach Hewitt and I were a little nervous beforehand about the first 10 to 20 minutes wondering how Tennessee would come out and how our girls would adapt. But we came out strong, passed well and were able to get the lead."
Tennessee cut into the lead in the 30th minute as Ooltewah's Morgan Shelton made a nice run and split two defenders before beating Ridgeland keeper Taylor Benefield to the left.
Eight minutes into second half, Georgia struck again as Calhoun's Katie Scott got her head on a corner kick by Langley and put home Georgia's third goal of the evening.
Tennessee got the goal back in the 54th minute as GPS's Catie Lester fed Ooltewah's Heidi Steger to cut the lead to 3-2.
The two teams later exchanged goals just over a minute apart.
Adairsville's Jessica Sexauer deflected a clearing attempt in the Tennessee box and hammered a shot past Ellis to push the lead to 4-2 in the 64th minute, but Lester answered in the 65th minute, scoring on an assist from Baylor's Mary Shelton Bryant.
Tennessee stepped up the attack the final five minutes looking for the equalizer, but Benefield was up to the challenge, stuffing Tennessee three times in the closing minute to perserve the win.
"That last shot they got off scared me, because they almost got that header in," said Benefield, who had six saves to be named as the Georgia Player of the Game, "but we did a good job of shutting them down in the last few minutes. I loved it. It was an honor to be able to play. We really came together there at the end when we had to."
Benefield said the skill level of the Tennessee players was "amazing".
"They have some really talented players," she said. "We were a little shell-shocked at first, but we finally calmed down after we got those first two goals and we handled it pretty well."
Both teams finished with eight shots on goal each. Ellis had two saves for the Tennessee squad, who now lead the all-time series, 3-1.
Shelton was named as the Tennessee Player of the Game while Langley's goal and two assists were enough to garner game Most Valuable Player honors.
Tennessee boys 2, Georgia 1
In the nightcap, the Tennessee boys also jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before holding on the final minutes to improve to 4-1 all-time against Georgia.
Ooltewah's Daniel Tackling stunned Georgia with an unassisted goal in the 2nd minute. McCallie's Cartter Kerr made it 2-0 with an unstoppable 20-yard free kick in the 18th minute.
The Georgia boys finally got on the board in the 78th minute as Dalton's Osvaldo Fraire beat Chattanooga Christian keeper Brad Gibson on a beautiful shot, but time expired before Georgia could make one final charge.
Tennessee outshot Georgia 14-7. Northwest Whitfield keeper Frankie Jimenez was named the Georgia Player of the Game after coming up with 10 saves, including eight in the second half.
Baylor midfielder Kelly Smith was named as the Tennessee Player of the Game for his efforts on both ends of the field while Tackling took home game MVP honors.
Gibson and Baylor's Danny Van Valkinburgh each played a half in goal for the Tennessee squad, making two saves each.
The All-Star Series continues on Monday with the Baseball Classic at AT&T Field in Chattanooga. First pitch of the nine-inning game will be at 6 p.m