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February 27, 2014

Double road win for Tift County soccer

TIFTON — Based on results so far, it might not be surprising that the Tift County Lady Devils soccer team had a hat trick Tuesday in their game against Thomas County Central.

For the first time, though, it was not by Abby Kay Choate. Taylor Nimmo had the honors this time in the 5-2 win. They remain undefeated and so do the Devils, as they hammered the Yellow Jackets, 6-1.

Boys coach Bobby Earls said TCC dominated the first 15 minutes of play, but Tift soon took over. James Ni found Andrew Meadows in the 17th minute and Meadows dribbled past a defender and scored on a low shot. Five minutes later, Luis Hernandez scored after an Edgar Zermeno pass to make it 2-0 and round out first half scoring.

Central scored just after the break to cut the score to 2-1. Both teams had spells of maintaining possession, but it would the Devils who broke through. With 18 minutes left, Hernandez stole a pass and sent the ball past the goalkeeper for his second goal.

In the next five minutes, play became more physical and Blue Devils would be awarded a pair of penalty kicks. The first one came when Nathan Reyes, who was making his season debut, was taken down in the box by a Central player. Martin Penafiel stepped up to deliver the penalty kick and drove it into the net. Three minutes later, Penafiel was fouled. Meadows netted his second goal when he perfectly placed the ball between the post and the outstretched arms of the keeper.

Damion Terrazas had the last goal. He scored with five minutes left when Penafiel caught him streaking down the field. Terrazas was able to outrun two defenders to find the net.

Moises Chavez recorded one save before being injured at the beginning of the second half. Greg Soto played 70 minutes in the goal, recording 8 saves. 

Choate had the other two goals in the girls match. Girls coach Doug Head called the game “a hard-fought battle.”

Valdosta will be in Tifton tonight at 6 p.m., but it will not be a region contest.

Head said at the recent region meeting, the coaches decided to go back to home and away region games where both count. That will not affect games played this season.

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