One of the most consistently good teams at Long County High School are both of the soccer programs. After the girls finished the year 8-5 and 4-4 in the region and the boys finished the year 10-4 and 6-2 in the region, both teams will play in the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs next week.
Despite dropping four games in the region, the Lady Tide competed in just about every game this season. They fell to eventual region champions Pierce County 3-0 and 6-2 while just narrowly missing clinching a home playoff game with 2-1 and 4-1 losses to Tattnall County.
The girls dominated nearly every game they won, winning by an average of 5.6 goals per game. They will travel to Augusta on Tuesday, April 20 to face off against the Academy of Richmond County Musketeers, an 11-4 team out of the “Augusta” region who is currently ranked number 11 in AAA, with a start time of 5:00 p.m.
This is the Lady Tide’s eighth straight playoff appearance dating back to 2014 and if you count the 2020 season in which the Lady Tide was 4-3 before the season was cut short.
The boys started off the season slow, opening the year 0-3. However, they turned things around to win 10 of their final 11 games to clinch a home playoff spot. The Tide won their 10 games by an average of 5.6 goals and are on a five-game win streak, which includes a huge 2-1 win over single A Private power Savannah Christian.
The Tide’s two losses in the region were to champion Pierce County, both being 2-1 differentials. The Bears are currently ranked number 8 in class AAA.
The Blue Tide, currently ranked number 9 in class AAA, will host the Harlem Bulldogs, a 7-8-1 team out of the “Augusta” region, on Wednesday, April 21 with a start time of 4:30 p.m. This is their seventh consecutive state playoff berth dating back to 2015.
The Tide were 4-3 before the 2020 season was cut short.