Liberty County dropped both its Region 2A-AAAA soccer games to Wayne County on Tuesday at Donell Woods Stadium.
Wayne County shut out the Liberty Lady Panthers, 5-0, while the Yellow Jackets took the boys’ game, 6-0.
The Lady Yellow Jackets scored in the first 15 minutes of the opening game. Trailing 1-0, Liberty moved the ball and had three shots on goal.
Wayne’s defense kept the ball in the middle of the field during most of the first half.
“We have got to learn how to finish. Forward Jasmina Smith worked hard us on offense, but we have to got to do a better job of getting her the ball closer to the goal,” Liberty County Lady Panther head coach Jarvis McArthur said.
Wayne applied pressure and scored four more goals in the second half. Two of the goals were off corner kicks and one was an own goal from Liberty.
“We had opportunities tonight against Wayne. We just didn’t convert when we needed to. Defensively, we played better. Our sweepers, Cynthia Kornegay, Mystery Ellert and Taylor Christner, had great games on the defense for us,” McArthur said.
In the boys’ game, the Yellow Jackets scored in the first few minutes. Wayne was able to put tremendous pressure on the Panthers and force changes from Liberty County head coach Bryant Durham.
“Wayne has one of the best players in the area and as a team they are really tough. I had to change strategy and move some players to different positions to try and disrupt their momentum. I tried to strengthen our midfield more,” Durham said.
His change in strategy didn’t slow down the Yellow Jacket attack. Wayne grabbed a 4-0 lead going into the half.
Liberty moved the ball better in the second half but could not convert any goals.
“One area that was good for us tonight was our own goal. Our keeper, Cory Lazenby, played a stellar game. The way Wayne moved the ball it could have easily been 10-0, and he made some great stops for us,” Durham said.
Both Liberty teams are 1-5-1 overall and 1-4 in Region 2A-AAAA. The Panthers host region foe Richmond Hill on Tuesday.