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Panthers fall in scrimmage start soccer Thursday

Liberty County High School’s soccer teams played Toombs County High for their pre-season scrimmages Friday night.

The Lady Panthers ended tied, 1-1. The Panther boys lost, 1-4.

Lady Panther coach Jarvis McArthur liked what he saw out of the small group of girls who played.

“We suited up just 12 girls and four of them had never played in a soccer game,” he said. “I was very pleased with the stellar play and on-field leadership of senior Rebecca Nelson, who kept the new players in position and calm.”

The coach admitted they had a few shots on goal early that would have given them the lead. The coach said sophomore Sidney Wilkinson was eventually able to find the back of the net, giving the Lady Panthers the brief 1-0 lead.

“Freshman goalkeeper Carmae Gumataotao made a few good saves and newcomers Adriana Valdez, Justine Maggard and Keyiera Fluellen played well,” McArthur said, adding Toombs County scored on a free kick to tie the game at the end.

The Panthers open the regular season Thursday, hosting Brunswick. The girls play first at 5 p.m. and the boys follow. 

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