The Bradwell Institute hosted Statesboro High Tuesday in region 3-AAAAA soccer games. The Lady Tigers won, 1-0, in grand style, forcing double overtime before scoring.
The goal was scored by Monica Haynes.
The Lady Tigers are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in region play.
The Tiger boys quickly built a 2-0 lead. But at the end of regulation the Blue Devils won, 4-3.
“It was definitely a heartbreaker for us,” Tiger coach Tom Oglesby said.
He said the boys started strong, moving the ball well and using the entire width of the field. The coach said the boys were attacking with speed.
Within minutes the boys had a 2-0 lead off goals by Justus Hofmann and Xxavier Clyde. But, the coach said, the boys stopped the attack and started playing defense.
“Which is the last thing you should do,” he added.
The team lost their formation and were not making effective touches or passes.
“Just before halftime Statesboro was able to score a goal,” Oglesby said.
The coach said he spoke to his players about playing aggressively and attacking like they did early on.
“I wanted us to regain our possession of the ball and to keep the ball in their half of the field,” he said. “The players really responded well after halftime, and we began to execute the plan. About 15 minutes into the second half, Paul Kelleman scored our third goal of the match.”
But the boys reverted back to playing defense.
The Blue Devils tied the game at the end of regulation, forcing overtime.
“The first five minutes we had several opportunities to score, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” Oglesby said. “Once we started the second overtime period, we got caught watching and Statesboro is a good team and they were able to get behind our defense and score.”
The coach said he had a long talk with the boys about overcoming adversity and seeing the game through for the entire 80 minutes.
The Tiger boys are 2-2-2 overall and 0-2 in the region.
The Lady Tigers are 4-3 overall and 1-2 in region play.
Across town the Liberty teams hosted Windsor Forest Friday night. The Lady Panthers lost 3-1.
Lady Panther coach Jarvis McArthur knew the Knights fielded a strong squad going into the game.
“So we solidified our defense by playing senior Cortney Welch at sweeper and using sophomore Tia Anderson and junior Adriana Valdez to mark their strikers,” he said. “The score was 0-0 at halftime.”
The coach said his team took a one goal lead early in the second half when junior Alexi Limer found the back of net. But later in the second half, Windsor Forest scored and added two more goals.
“However, I was really proud of how hard our Lady Panthers played,” the coach said. “Due to the lack of depth, many of the starters had to play all eighty minutes of the game. But we hung tough to final horn.”
The Lady Panthers are 1-3 overall and 1-1 in region 3-AAAA.
The Panther boys fell 3-1 as well. They are 0-4, 0-1.