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May 6, 2014

Harrison hosts Tift in 2nd round

TIFTON — South Georgians traveling up north of Atlanta today might think the state has gone topsy-turvy. They will be seeing one bus from Tift County en route to Kennesaw Mountain for baseball and they will be seeing a second one also in Cobb County. That bus will belong to the Tift County Lady Devils soccer team, who are playing Harrison High at Kennesaw in the second round of the state tournament this afternoon at 5:30 p.m.

Harrison, head coach Doug Head conceded last week, will be a tall order, but he believed it was one they could make.

Not only are the Lady Hoyas 18-0, they are a particularly stingy 18-0. They have allowed only three goals on the season and currently have a 13-game scoreless streak going, according to the schedule the team has posted.

That is not to discount Tift's team. The Lady Devils had their own 6-game shutout streak earlier in the season and only average giving up one goal per game. Offense has not been a problem, either. Four of their games have been halted for the mercy rule when the squad held a 10-goal lead.

In a year that was supposed to feature some rebuilding, the Lady Devils got out of the gate quickly and had a 15-0 mark before they were defeated by Camden County for the region championship. Abby Kay Choate has been a scoring machine, with lots of support from Blakeley Bergeron, Sarah Alberson, Marianne Walker, Nikki Vellidis and Taylor MacDonald.

Bergeron and Choate took care of all the scoring in the 4-0 first round win over Newnan, both getting two goals each. The Lady Devils had a 2-0 lead at the half after having scored twice in the last 20 minutes.

Harrison was last year's state runner-up, being defeated by Parkview in the championship game, 2-1. They won the state title in 2011. Last year's Tift squad was defeated in the quarterfinals, their best finish since 2010. They have been to the state tournament 17 straight years.

The winner of tonight's game faces Walton or Brookwood, with the game being played on the road.


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