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April 11, 2012

Soccer teams drop matches to Lowndes

MOULTRIE — Both Colquitt County soccer coaches contend their teams are not playing poorly, but victories have been elusive of late.

The Colquitt County boys team fell 2-0 to Lowndes on Tuesday at Packer Park and now have dropped eight of their last nine matches and are 4-8 overall and 2-5 in Region 1-AAAAA.

“We’re just not scoring,” said Packers coach Mell Wier.

“We’re playing well, we just can’t put it in the net to save our lives.”

The Packers were coming off a 5-2 loss at Thomas County Central on Friday, which, Wier said, was their worst performance of the season.

But despite playing much better in the first half against the Vikings, the Packers found themselves down 1-0 at the break.

“We controlled the first half,” he said. “We’d get down there and then just couldn’t score.”

Despite the loss, the Packers have clinched the No. 3 spot in the region and will travel to play East Coweta in the first round of the playoffs.

That is a difficult draw. The Indians are 14-1 and are ranked No. 5 in the state.

The Packers play their final region match at 4-3 Coffee on Friday.

Wier said his team will use that game and the final non-region matches against Cairo, Thomasville and Worth County to prepare for the postseason.

“I told them I’d still rather take them into battle than any other team we’ve had,” Wier said. “I think once things click for us, we’ll be fine.”

Colquitt County girls gave up what coach Jimbo Jarvis characterized as two “junk goals” and fell to the Vikettes 2-1 in Tuesday’s first match.

The Lady Packers fall to 4-7-1 overall and 3-4 in the region as they, too, have clinched the No. 3 seed.

Colquitt’s girls are expected to have to travel to play Newnan in the first round of the playoffs.

On Tuesday, the Lady Packers outshot the region-leading Vikettes 22-9, but managed just one second-half goal by Lauren Kelshaw.

“We had some great shots on goal, but their keeper had everything but the cape,” Jarvis said. “She was Super Woman.”

Plus, once the Vikettes got a two-goal lead, they packed their defense in, playing as many as seven on the back line.

“But that’s the way this season has gone,” Jarvis said. “We’ve had some close matches, but we haven’t been able to win a single one of them.

“But our girls are staying positive. They are playing well. The wheels aren’t coming off. We’re putting the ball on frame, we just keep running into good keepers. There is really not that much we need to fix.”

Last Friday, the Lady Packers rallied for their first tie of the season when they outscored Thomas County Central 3-1 in the second half of a 4-4 deadlock.

Colquitt scored first on a goal by Meagan May, but the Lady Jackets then ran off three straight goals to lead 3-1 at the half.

The Lady Packers reversed that effort in the second half, with May, Flor Ciniceros and Taylor Page scoring to tie the match.

But the final score was not decided until 8 seconds remaining.

A Thomas County Central player was fouled inside the 18 and was awarded a penalty kick.

Colquitt County keeper Natalie Griffin not only stopped the PK, she also stopped a follow-up shot when the ricochet from the first shot bounded back to the kicker.

Jarvis said he hopes his team will get some of their frustrations out when it travels to Douglas on Friday to meet Coffee, 0-7 in the region.

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