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Both Tide soccer teams still among best in state
Long Co vs Brantley Co in Soccer story
The Long County girls and boys teams beat Brantley County on Tuesday in Ludowici. - photo by Mikee Riddle

Long County’s boys and girls soccer teams were at home Tuesday taking on Brantley County in non-region games.

The Lady Herons played tough, but eventually fell 4-0. In the boy’s game, the Blue Tide dominated from the start, winning 10-0.

The Blue Tide appeared to be a scoring machine. Three boys put in multiple goals. Armando Orozco, Alex Duenes and Alex Maldonado each scored once. Chris Sutton and Malik Fedon each had two scores. David Mejia led with three goals.

Blue Tide coach Paul Austin said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

"I think the team played a great game," Austin said.

The girl’s game was more competitive, but the Lady Tide was the more complete team.

Long County’s leading scorers were Katie Estill and Nakia Hunter, who each had two goals.

Coach Sabrina Caines also was pleased, especially with her defense.

"I was very proud of our defense who came in strong and did a great job of defending our goal," Caines said.

With the wins, the Blue Tide improved to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in Region 2-AA. The Lady Tide improved to 9-2 overall and7-1 in the region.

The state AA rankings were shuffled this week, but still has both teams in the Top 10, the boys at No. 6 and the girls at No. 10.

The Blue Tide are on top of the region. The girls are in second, a game behind St. Vincent’s Academy.

Friday, Long County was to play region opponent Jeff Davis in Hazlehurst. Results were not available by press time.

The teams are off until April 12, when they play Jeff Davis again, but in Ludowici.

Tuesday’s game was also Long County’s Senior Night. A story on the ceremony will be in an upcoming Courier.

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