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February 13, 2014

Tift, Berrien start home regular season

TIFTON — It has been a good week for Tift County soccer. A pair of a dominating wins in a scrimmage against Worth County and another two against Cairo Tuesday and their regular season home debut is tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Berrien.

Girls coach Doug Head sees it as a chance for a local rivalry, but said he is a bit anxious.

Three of his starters will be missing and Berrien, he said, "they'll be coming loaded for bear." He said he is confident in the outcome, however.

Based on their performances so far, he should be. After falling behind 2-0 at Cairo, they pulled to a 2-2 tie at intermission, then scored three goals in the 2nd half. Abby Kay Choate had a hat trick for the game, with Sarah Alberson scoring the other two. Emily Coleman had seven saves. The Worth game had seen a similar offensive explosion, ending 6-0.

Bobby Earls, who leads the boys, feels similarly about the Berrien game.

"They're an up-and-coming program who qualified for state last year. They have some quality players. Hopefully, we won't try to overlook them."

He added that a few members of his roster had been on club teams with a few Berrien players, adding to both familiarity and competition between them.

The Blue Devils continued their shutout streak against the Syrupmakers. Earls said they had an early goal from Luis Hernandez, assisted by Damion Terrazas. They had actually overplayed the ball, he said, but were able to stick it in the net on a corner kick.

"That stood up for us," he said. They won, 1-0, and had five goals against Worth in the scrimmage.

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