The cold wind posed a challenge for Liberty County High School on Tuesday — and so did the visiting teams
Calvary Day swept the Panther squads during the Panthers’ final home games of the season at Donell Woods Stadium.
In a switch-up from the normal routine, the Panther boys took the field first but lost, 3-1. The Lady Panthers, who battled the dwindling sunlight that made the temperature dip to near freezing, dropped a 7-1 decision.
In the boys’ game, Panther goalkeeper Corey Lazenby had three saves in the first half as the squads went into intermission scoreless. But Calvary had the wind to its back in the second half and used quick touches and deep shots to score three goals.
Lazenby had four more saves in the second half that kept Calvary from running up the score.
The Lady Panthers took the field and did their best to fight off a strong attack, but the Calvary girls proved too strong.
The girls are 1-8 overall and 0-5 in Region 3A-AAAA. The boys are 3-7 and 2-3, respectively.
Tuesday also was a time to honor the senior Panthers. Between games, seniors received gifts and flowers. They were honored by their family and friends and cherished the final moments on Donell Woods for the soccer season.
Madison Ullom, Tiffany Murillo, Taylor Christner, Jalen Gilyard, Michael Barcena, Joshua Wright and Corey Lazenby were the celebrated outgoing seniors.
The Panthers travel to Jesup on April 11 to play Wayne County in their final regular-season games. The two schools recently played at Donell Woods, where the Yellow Jackets won, 1-0, in what Liberty boys’ soccer coach Bryant Durham said was a great game that came down to overtime and eventually penalty kicks. The anticipated rematch will start at 5 p.m. with the girls’ game, with the boys playing immediately following.
In other soccer news, the Bradwell Tigers improved to 4-4 in Region 3B-AAAAA after winning at Jenkins, 6-1, on Tuesday. The BI boys are 5-5 overall.
The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Warriors, 3-0, and are 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the region.
Today, the Tigers will be at Windsor Forest for another region match beginning with the girls’ game at 5 p.m.
First Presbyterian Christian Academy was scheduled to play Robert Toombs Academy on Thursday and will travel to Georgia Christian Academy today for games beginning at 4 p.m.
Going into Thursday’s action, the FPCA girls were 7-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 2-AA of the Georgia Independent School Association classifications. The FPCA boys were 7-2 and 2-1, respectively.