The Long County High School soccer program got back on the winning track Thursday when the boys’ and girls’ squads defeated teams from Wayne County.
Playing in Jesup, the girls were led by Kaylyn McEwin, Janeth Neveraz and Madelyn Flynn, all of whom scored in the Lady Tide’s 3-0 victory over the Lady Jackets. Long County goalkeeper Teresa Chihuahua played solid defense, shutting out Wayne County, while Alyssa Anderson and McEwin controlled the inside and dominated midfield play.
Long County head coach Darrell Mosley was pleased with his team’s performance.
“Teresa Chihuahua stepped up her game and stopped several shots from Wayne County and also was more aggressive at the goal,” Mosley said. “I have said all season that we need more communication and against Wayne, we did just that. We will have to continue to communicate if we are to grow and progress as a team.”
The Blue Tide boys had a little more trouble with the Yellow Jackets but still eked out a 2-1 win. In the first half, Luis Guither scored first, putting the Tide up 1-0 at the break. Wayne County’s Caleb Mosley tied things up in the second half with a shot from near midfield.
Through the remainder of the second period, the teams went back and forth; neither was able to assert itself. But Long County’s David Mejia eventually nailed the game-winner with about five minutes left to play.
“I’m really proud of the way that our young men are coming along. Our defense is coming together and played very well. Fullbacks Sean Martinez and Malik Williams (also) played a great game,” Mosley said.
With the non-region wins, both the boys and girls squads improved their overall records to 2-4. Their 2-AA Region marks remain at 1-4.
This Tuesday, the teams return to the field with big region matches in Pearson against Atkinson County. The girls’ game begins at 5 p.m., and the boys kick off at 7.