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Long County teams get sweep in Vidalia

The Long County High School soccer teams got a sweep at Vidalia on Feb. 20.
The Blue Tide won, 3-2, and the Lady Tide claimed a 2-0 victory.
The Long County teams were scheduled to play Groves in Garden City on Tuesday. Results for those games were not available at press time.
On Friday, the Blue Tide and Lady Tide host Benedictine Military School (0-2-1) and Saint Vincent’s Academy (0-2) in region action. The girls’ game starts at 5 p.m., with the boys’ game set for 7.

Keith Anderson had two goals for the Blue Tide against Vidalia, and Aron Nevarez had one.
“It was a huge win for us,” LCHS boys’ coach Paul Austin said. “It gives us a big win over a very good Vidalia team. It puts us one step closer to our goal which is to win the region.”
Austin said that the keys to his team winning were that they played as a team and as a “family.”
The coach also had praise for goalie Chris Cummings.
“He really saved the game for us, he made some stops I have never seen anyone make before … if he grows in his communication, he could be the best goalie I have ever seen or coached,” Austin said.
With the 2-AA Region win, the Tide improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the region.

LCHS head coach Brian Todd said that beating Vidalia this early in the year was a very big deal.
“Coming into the season, we were expecting to be battling for one of the two top spots in the region,” he said. “Beating Vidalia on the road gives us an early edge in securing a home playoff game.”
Todd also praised the individual play of several players.
“Our goalie, Madalyne Flynn, played a great game and has allowed our team to become stronger, as we have moved Katie Estill to the field now,” he said. “Our defense really played hard and aggressive. Our back four of Taylor Poole, Harley Dawson, Megan Higgason and Xena Lewallen really dominated the match.”
Nakia Hunter scored both goals.
The Lady Tide improved their record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the region.

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