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April 16, 2014

Lady Panthers gouge GCS, 7-1

CHULA — The Tiftarea Academy soccer teams had a windy Tuesday night for Senior Night but they didn’t let the chill in the air stop them from keeping the scoreboard heated up. Seniors Neeli Fortson, Lauren Goforth, Ali Rippy, Britton Robitzsch and Austin Tenneson were recognized after the Lady Panthers sealed a 7-1 victory against the Georgia Christian Lady Generals. The Panthers had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

Not wasting any time, Rippy got the scoring started for her team before a minute ran off the clock in a game dominated by senior scoring.

Coach Kendall Vance’s team added to their 1-0 lead with another score by Morgan Strenth.

The Lady Panther defense kept the Dasher opponents away from the goal as midfielder Rippy added another goal and teammate Fortson chipped in the final score of the half. The Lady Panthers went into the break dominating their opponents with a 4-0 lead.

When the second half started, Emilee Morehead got the scoring started for her team before the Lady Generals were able to get one of their own in the goal for a 5-0 score. Vance had all three seniors on the field as Fortson and Rippy, starters since 8th grade, finished their last regular season game at the Panther Pit with another goal for each of them.

Fortson scored her second goal with three minutes left on the clock and Rippy added her third goal of the night with seconds ticking off the clock to give them a 7-1 victory against their Dasher opponents. Goforth had one stop for the night in the goal while Josie Jones had two in the second half of play.

Panther coaches Dusty Clarke and Matt Angle’s players battled the weather and their opponents all night in a defensive battle.

Neither team was able to score until Panther Luke Dean got a score for the Chula team with only seven minutes left in the first half of play.

Having scored two goals the previous night, senior Robitzsch led a strong attack on the goal against the Generals throughout the game, but he nor Tenneson were able to add to the scoreboard for the Tiftarea team as the defenses battled one another.

The final score on the night was made by GCS as they tied the game 1-1 with 20 minutes left on the clock.

A night earlier, the Panthers earned a split with Brookwood in a home game. The Lady Panthers took a 4-2 lead at halftime, which stood for the rest of the game. The boys were defeated, 5-2.

Tiftarea will finish region play on the road against Deerfield in Albany tonight while the Lady Panthers will play the Deerfield Lady Knights today and Southland Lady Raiders on Friday night.

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