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April 12, 2014

Blue Devils defeat Camden, Lady Devils fall

TIFTON — Injuries took their toll for the Tift County Lady Devils soccer team against Camden County in Kingsland Friday night, but the boys pulled out a 4-1 victory.

It was the first loss of the year for the Lady Devils.

 The boys evened their region record to 3-3. Even better, coach Bobby Earls believes this might have secured them a spot in the state tournament.

The boys did not get off to the best of starts against the Wildcats, said Earls. They gave up a goal in the 2nd minute of the match. Soon, they settled down and 17 minutes into the contest, Luis Hernandez scored off an Andrew Meadows assist. Three minutes later Camden had a penalty kick, but were denied on a big save by Moises Chavez.

A penalty did not help the home squad, but 26 minutes into the game, it did for the Blue Devils. Martin Penafiel was awarded a free kick and he was able to bend it around the defense and into the net.

They would score once more in the half. Taking the ball away from the attacking 'Cats, some quick passes sent it to the other end. Cameron Earls spotted Damion Terrazas, who sprinted past one defender and got the goal.

The lone 2nd half goal came midway through the period. Penafiel was awarded another free kick. Not waiting for Camden to set up, he pounced to bring the score to 4-1.

Penafiel, Gilbert Hernandez, Leo Vasquez, Nathan Reyes and Beau Lamb were standouts for the squad.

The girls fell, 4-1, in their game. Coach Doug Head the team suffered two big injuries during the contest. Leading scorer Abby Kay Choate went out in the 1st half and Sloan Fletcher was lost in the 2nd with an ankle injury.

Camden led 3-0 at the half. The 2nd was much closer, 1-1, after a few adjustments were made. Taylor Nimmo scored on a breakaway goal.

Despite the loss, several players stood out for the team, said Head. He said Blakeley Bergeron, Fletcher, Marianne Walker and Sarah Alberson all played well.

The team will be No. 2 coming out of Region 1-AAAAAA and will host a first round state tournament game April 30, though Head does not yet know who that opponent will be.

Tift's Tuesday home game against Coffee is likely off, according to Earls. The game at Lowndes, originally scheduled for Friday, will be played Thursday.

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