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Tide split soccer games with SE Bulloch
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The Long County High School soccer teams hosted Southeast Bulloch Friday.

Though both games ended with identical scores, the outcomes were not the same as the Blue Tide notched another win, but the Lady Tide lost.

In the boys game, Long County beat the Yellow Jackets 3-0 with Paul Cruz, Alex Duenes and Alex Maldonado scoring. Coach Paul Austin said his team played well.

"We really needed this game," Austin said. "We are just now getting back healthy. The guys are playing better."

In the girls game the outcome wasn’t as nice for the Ludowici fans. The Lady Tide lost 3-0 to Southeast Bulloch. Coach Sabrina Caines said the game was very tight, but old mistakes came back to haunt her team.

"The girls played well during the first half of the game, but fell back into old habits during the second half."

Caines also praised the individual effort of one player and said that playing tough teams like the Lady Jackets will help her team.

"Elexxus Wrighton, our goalie senior, did a great job in the goal for us," Caines said. "The damage would have been much greater without her. We purposely scheduled non-region games against tough teams to help us grow. I believe that these games will pay off in the long run."

The Lady Tide fell to 3-6 overall and remained 2-3 in Region 2-AAA. The Blue Tide improved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the region.

Still in contention for region titles, Austin encouraged fans to come out and watch the teams.

"We are still tied for first place in the region and I would love for everyone to come out and support us," Austin said.

Tuesday, the Tide teams were back at home for big region games against Liberty County. Both Panther teams were 6-5 overall and a 5-2 in the region. Results were not available in time for this story.

Friday, Long County hits the road for games in Baxley for more region action against Appling County. The Pirates currently are 2-6-1 overall and are 2-6 in the region, while the Lady Pirates are still looking for their first victory of the year, sitting at 0-9 overall and 0-8 in the region.

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