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February 22, 2014

Soccer takes two from Trojans on the road

TIFTON — There was a slight bit of bad news for the Tift County boys soccer team Friday night at Leesburg.

They surrendered their first goal of the year, one to Lee County, but there was also plenty of good news. Both they and the girls posted identical 6-1 wins to remain undefeated.

Bobby Earls' Blue Devils opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the game. In a counter attack of the Trojans, Damion Terrazas lured defenders to the left, then passed to Luis Hernandez, who snuck it past the goalkeeper.

Lee notched its goal in the 20th minute. Earls said the shutout streak reached 260 minutes.

Andrew Meadows won a one-on-one battle with the Lee keeper five minutes later, scoring off a pass from Hernandez. A minute later, he said nearly an identical situation happened with Hernandez again assisting Meadows.

Up 3-1 at halftime, Tift only needed 10 minutes to score again, Hernandez hitting a 25-yarder after a shot by Jonathan Alvarado was deflected to him. The final two goals came in the last 10 minutes. Terrazas scored his second, this time unassisted and Cameron Earls' pass provided Hernandez his second goal of the evening.

Coach Earls said he was pleased with the defensive effort and the efforts of his keepers, Moises Chavez (two saves) and Greg Soto (also two saves).

The newest weapon for the Lady Devils, freshman Abby Kay Choate, struck again Friday. She had another hat trick against Lee, then tacked on two more to finish with five total goals. The other score belonged to Marianne Walker, who sent one into the net on a penalty kick.

The team was up only 1-0 at intermission. They increased that margin to 3-0, when coach Doug Head said the Lady Trojans scored on a free kick.

Goalkeeper Emily Coleman kept Lee at bay. "She had a really strong night in goal," Head said.

Choate has four hat tricks in as many regular season games and 18 goals total.

The varsity soccer teams will travel to Thomas County Central Tuesday and will host Valdosta Friday for their first region match.

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