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April 21, 2014

Blue Devils soccer team awaits their fate

TIFTON — Though the region schedule is done for the boys Tift County Blue Devil soccer squad, they still have their fate hanging in the balance.

The situation, as explained by head coach Bobby Earls, is as follows:

Lowndes, 5-0 in the region, was slated to play Colquitt County Monday night. Colquitt, 3-1, also has an upcoming game with Coffee (3-2). If Colquitt defeats Coffee, that creates a three-way tie between Coffee, Camden and Tift. If that is the case, he said, Tift is 3rd, Camden is 4th and Coffee is out because Tift had allowed the fewest goals of the three (3, 4 and 9, respectively). If Coffee beats Colquitt, Tift is 4th and Camden is out. In that scenario, Tift is in because they have a win over Camden.

Last week, the team had a bonus 2-1 win down in Valdosta against a Lowndes Viking group celebrating senior night. It was their 4th consecutive win.

"We played an outstanding match," Earls said.

Tift missed an early chance to score five minutes into the game when Lowndes was called for a trip in the box. Damion Terrazas had a shot from 12 yards out, but the keeper made a big save.

In the 13th minute of the 2nd half, the Devils finally found the back of the net. Martin Penafiel served a free kick into the penalty box, which went to Andrew Meadows and he was able to beat the goalkeeper.

Six minutes later, Luis Hernandez added to the score when he had a goal off a David Martinez pass.

Lowndes scored with 1:14 left.

Moises Chavez had 9 saves. Joel Estrada also made a save.

Depending on finish, Tift will either be playing at Tri-Cities or Douglas County on April 29, according to brackets posted online by the GHSA. Tri-Cities is Region 3's No. 2 while Douglas County is No. 1.

The GHSA also indicates that the Lady Devils will play host to Newnan in their first round game. Newnan was Region 3’s No. 3 team.

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