The Tiger soccer squads earned wins against the boys and girls of Beach High on a cold, windy Saturday afternoon at Olvey Field.
The Lady Tigers defeated Beach 10-0 and the boys won 9-0. Both squads are 2-1 as of Monday, each having lost to Camden County and both nabbing victories over Groves and Beach.
Tiger coach Greg Cooke said this is the girls’ year to go far.
"We’ve been developing for three years," he said. "And this is the year we are hopefully vying for a playoff spot. It’s going to take the work and dedication that these girls have reached. Holding
Camden to a 0-1 loss, playing Groves, which last year we won 1-0 in a tough game that went into overtime, beating them 8-0 this year and coming out here and playing Beach very well is a good thing as we look to Windsor Forest on Tuesday."
The coach said Windsor Forest and Savannah Arts are the two girls’ teams to get past this season in order to ensure a spot in the playoffs.
"We are still trying to get some of the kinks out but it’s working," he said of the boys’ team. This week is a defining week for us. The next three games will determine our season and where we lead at the midpoint."
The boys are led by junior Tiger Chris Schuster. Schuster was voted region 3-AAAAA’s MVP last season by the region coaches. He scored 22 goals during his freshman season and 21 in his sophomore season.
Cooke described Schuster as a quick and a controlled ball-handler. The coach said he is probably the most physical player in the region.
The girls have a new goal keeper, Rebecca Smith. Cooke said she has made the difference defensively, especially against a team like Camden County. He also credits the talent of returning starters Danielle Durham, Allyson Burill and Daniell Jacobs, and some up and coming players, including Callie Durham, Ashley Mercer and Emily Newman.
The Tiger soccer squads were scheduled to play at Savannah Arts Academy on Monday and host Groves yesterday. The Courier will bring you the results of those games as they become available.