Tifton Gazette


April 21, 2014

Tiftarea girls finish 2nd, host Bulloch Wednesday

CHULA — When the Lady Panther soccer team loaded their bus at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, they were hoping to finally get to play their last region game, along with making another note in soccer history for the Tiftarea Academy program.

By the time they were on the bus again, headed back to Chula, they checked both off their list.

A game that had already been postponed twice because of inclement weather, it was finished on a rain-soaked field with the Lady Panthers coming away with a 4-3 win and a 2nd place finish in their region.

This finish gives them their first opportunity to host the state playoffs in the Panther Pit. That game takes place Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., when they face off against Bulloch Academy.

The boys have also qualified for state. Led by seniors Britton Robitzsch and Austin Tenneson, they will also play Wednesday, but on the road at Augusta Prep.

Junior Morgan Strenth set the tone for the game in Americus early on as she got the first score for the Tiftarea team just a few minutes into the 1st half. Mary Spencer Veazey scored her first goal with over 17 minutes left in the first half, but she wasn’t finished for the game. A defensive midfielder for her team, Veazey got the fans on their feet with another score a few minutes later putting the Lady Panthers ahead 3-0.

The rain kept falling in the second half as Neeli Fortson got a goal for the Lady Panthers making the score 4-0, but the Lady Raiders didn’t give up as they moved on their opponents bringing the score to 4-3 before time ran off the clock. Lauren Goforth had 18 saves for the Lady Panthers.

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited for our girls and Tiftarea to be able to host the first round of state. We’ve grown a lot as a team, and I expect big things for us,” said coach Kendall Vance.


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