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February 15, 2014

Devils deal double domination to Berrien

TIFTON — Abby Kay Choate had a first half hat trick for the Tift County Lady Devils and the Blue Devil continued their shutout streak Friday as both squads romped over the Berrien Rebels, 10-0 and 8-0, respectively.

Not only did the Rebels find it difficult to start their offense, it was nearly impossible to keep the Blue Devils from scoring. In both games, they found themselves in a hole before five minutes had even elapsed.

Two of Choate's goals came rapid fire. After Berrien's goalkeeper tipped away her first clear attempt, Choate scored at about 14 minutes into the game, then added another a minute later. She almost had the hat trick two minutes later, but another shot hit the bar and she would have to wait until about 23 minutes for the third to find the net. By that time, the score was 5-0 and would be 8-0 at halftime.

Even playing short-handed with a trio of starters playing at a travel event, Doug Head was able to rotate players in and out. In the second half, even his goalkeeper, Emily Coleman, got into the scoring act, knocking one in at about seven minutes.

The initial goal of the game came about three minutes in off a kick by Blakeley Bergeron. It would be her only goal, but she would also have four assists.

Vanessa Hidalgo and Sloan Fletcher each scored two goals and Taylor Nimmo had one.

Berrien was nearly the team to put the first point on the board against the Tift boys. Jonathan Alvarado had scored at about two minutes in for a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, the Rebels charged down the field and managed to send a shot past Greg Soto in goal, but it was kicked away by Beau Lamb at the last second.

Alvarado, who dazzled defenders with fancy footwork, had his second goal 10 minutes into the contest. James Ni also had two in the first half, including a header off a pass by Luis Hernandez. Three minutes after Ni's second, Hernandez had his own opportunity to score and before Ni's second, Edgar Zermeno had his first goal of the season.

Damion Terrazas scored the team's eighth goal when he closed out the half with a kick that Coach Bobby Earls said was intended to be a pass, but instead found its way into the goal.

Tift would score just once more in the shortened second half as Berrien's possession time went up. Andrew Meadows scored on a breakaway.

Earls said Soto had two saves in the game and Moises Chavez had one.

The Blue Devils will host Ware County Tuesday.

 

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