The Liberty County Panthers boys gained its first victory of the season in a 4-0 shutout of Brantley County on Senior Night. In the night cap, the Lady Panthers dominated the Lady Herons, 10-0.
Lady Panthers 10, Brantley 0
Liberty took control of the match earlier, forcing a couple of shots on goal. Ten minutes into the match, Lady Panther senior Courtney Welch weaved her way through the Brantley defense and scored Liberty’s first goal. Welch, who has played for the Lady Panthers for her entire four years finished with two goals.
A few minutes later, Rebecca Nelson place kick arced into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Lady Panthers opened up an offensive barrage the rest of the game. Senior Myeshia Robinson had a hat trick with three goals. Seniors Jhanee O’Neal and Kayla Frazier also scored.
“We played all of the seniors up front tonight and gave them a chance to score. I was so proud and happy for all of the seniors to be able to get to score goals tonight,” Lady Panther coach Jarvis MacArthur said.
Tia Anderson and Alexi Limer also scored.
The Lady Panthers move to 4-6 on the season and 2-2 in Region 3A-AAAA. Liberty finishes the regular season on the road against Savannah Country Day and crosstown rival Bradwell Institute before playoffs begin.
“Since we are 2-2 in region play we are going to be the third seed in the region playoffs behind Wayne County and region leader Windsor Forest. We want to make sure that we finish up the regular season strong though,” MacArthur said.
Panthers 4, Brantley 0
It’s been a learning season for the Panthers under new coach Kristin Hill and Friday night everything came together for Liberty in a 4-0 win against non-region Brantley County.
“This season, when I came in we spent a lot of time just talking about fundamentals and technique in ball movement. As the season progressed we have gotten better and probably you could say that we beat teams on the field but to win you have to beat them in the net too,” Hill said.
Senior Anderson Abreu scored twice, including the Panthers first goal off of a PK with about 15 minutes left in the first half.
Leading 1-0 at the half, Liberty continued to come out strong in the second half. Mikkel Schleeman, one of the Panthers foreign exchange students, scored 10 minutes into the second half. Jared Elmore grabbed another goal five minutes later.
Panther seniors include Abreu, Joaquin Lemapu, Robert Kornegay, Marvin Jones, Kyle Seale, Ricky Lendo, and Zack Curry.
“From the beginning of the season, besides building better ball skills and fundamentals, I have stressed that we are building a foundation that is going to create strong teams for this program in the future. The seniors and the hard work are key to the structure of the foundation. When we finish the season against Bradwell, we will be a different team than played them the first time,” Hill said.