Playing in Pearson on Tuesday, the Long County High School girls’ soccer team continued its winning ways by beating Atkinson County, 10-0. The boys’ team, however, continued its hard-luck streak, dropping another game 1-0.
The Lady Tide’s sixth shutout of the season a improved their overall record to 8-4 and their Region 2-AA mark to 6-4. Head coach Brian Todd praised his team’s play.
“At first, I was concerned with how we would play after a two-hour bus ride, but we came out and played aggressively on offense and took them out the game pretty quick,” he said.
The leading scorer for the Lady Tide, Kelsey Higgason, had four goals. In addition, Samantha Garcia and Megan Higgason each had two goals, and Harley Dawson and Nakia Hunter each scored one.
With two games left on their schedule, the Lady Tide already has secured the third spot in the region standings.
“Our girls are really excited about making the state playoffs in only the second year of the program. They have made my job a lot easier,” Todd said.
The Blue Tide boys’ loss dropped the squad to 5-7 overall and 3-7 in the region. Every loss this year has been by one goal. Head coach Paul Austin said that his team still hopes to finish the year on a positive note.
“I hope we can win the next two games. … We have a goal for next year (to make the playoffs), and we are going into these next two games as if it will help us get in,” he said. “We have fought every minute of every game. The good thing about this group of guys is that they never give up. This is a special group, and the future is looking very good.”
On Friday, the Tide teams faced Metter High School. Results for that game were not available at press time. This Tuesday, the teams travel to Pembroke for their final game of the year against Bryan County. Results from all of games will be in an upcoming edition of the Courier.