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Long County soccer teams split with Pierce County
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The soccer teams from Long County High School faced Pierce County in Ludowici Feb. 21.

The Blue Tide remained undefeated, beating the Bears 5-0. With the Region 2-AAA win Long County improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the region. Pierce County fell to 1-4 and 1-2.

Coach Paul Austin said his team faced adversity early, but handled it well.

"I thought we passed the ball really well," Austin said. "Pierce came out early and showed some strength, but the guys kept calm and played our game."

The Blue Tide wins have seemed to come easy this season, but Austin said he is stressing to his boys not to forget last year.

"We have played well, but we constantly remind ourselves of what happened last season in the first round of the playoffs, we looked past a team, and they ended up hurting us," he said.

In the early match, the Lady Tide did not fare as well, dropping the contest 4-1 to the Lady Bears. With the loss, Ludowici fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the region. Pierce County improved 4-1 and 3-0.

Scoring the lone goal for the Lady Tide was Kylle Proffitt.

Head coach Sabrina Caines said she was pleased with how the Lady Tide handled the defeat.

"This game was especially difficult for us," she said. "We faced a team whose aggression and physical contact game-play we had not experienced before. I think more than anything, this game taught us how important good sportsmanship on the field is."

Caines also said that the loss can help her team.

"Games like this, win or lose, help us to get on a winning track by providing our young team with the experience needed to grow," she said.

Tuesday the Tide play Liberty County High in Hinesville in region action.

According to, the Panthers are 2-2, while the Lady Panthers are 2-3 mark. The girls kick off at 5 p.m. with the boys slated for 7.

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