It took both teams the first half to settle in.
But once in the second half, the Colquitt County boys and girls soccer teams had little trouble eliminating Lowndes in the first round of the South Georgia Athletic Conference tournament being played at Packer Park.
The Lady Packers won 5-0 and will play a second-round match at 10:30 this morning.
With a victory, they would advance to the 1:15 p.m. tournament championship match.
The Colquitt County boys, held scoreless in the first half, scored three times in the second to oust the Vikings 3-0.
Reagan Kelshaw returned to the Colquitt County girls lineup after missing several games with a concussion.
It only took her 2:04 to make her mark on the match, scoring to put the Lady Packers up 1-0.
That was the only score of the first half.
But Kelshaw led the second-half rally, scoring two more times. Amber Kling and Wesley Ann Rice also scored goals in the second half.
“In the first half, I think we had 12 shots and they all hit the keeper right in the hands,” Lady Packers coach Eric Wingate said.
“We peppered their goalie in the first half and Ashlan Norris hit the post.”
In the second half, the shots began finding the back of the net.
Wingate was pleased with how his team played, but knows there are two difficult matches between the Lady Packers and the conference tournament championship.
“We played well and passed the ball around,” Wingate said. “But we have to work on finishing if we want to win this tournament.”
After their second win over Lowndes this season, the Lady Packers will take an 8-2-1 record into today’s play.
The Colquitt County boys frustrated coach Ashley Hill during the first half of its rematch with Lowndes, a team it blanked 5-0 last month.
“We should have had two or three goals in the first half,” Hill said. “Then we made an adjustment in the second half. We finally got the ball to Christian (Soto).”
Soto got the first goal of the match with 19:36 left in the first half when lined one in from just outside the 18.
Luis Martinez got the assist.
It only took 36 seconds for the Packers to add to their score when Tyler Lopez got an unassisted goal.
Soto closed out the scoring with a goal with 15:52 remaining.
“We didn’t want the season to end on Friday,” Hill said.
The 8-2-1 Packers expect to meet Tift County a noon today in one semifinal match. The Packers lost to the Devils 3-2 in the final match of the regular-season on March 15.
The other girls games on Friday pitted Coffee against Pine Grove, Hahira against Valdosta and Tift County against Cook.
The other boys games were Coffee against Pine Grove and Tift County against Cook and Hahira against Valdosta.
It took both teams the first half to settle in.
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The Colquitt County boys and girls soccer teams’ seniors were honored on Monday between the games against Lowndes at Packer Park. They are, front, from left, Alex Balderas, Haley Bautista, Leslie Aguilar, Raley Wallace, Abbi Beth Paulk, Carlos Martinez and Eric Gould; middle, Brian Vidales, Manuel Vasquez, Richard Garcia, Fernando Miranda, Marcus Lopez, Will Pitts and Maca Aguilera; back, Francisco Gomez, Gio Martin, Luis Padilla, Matt Moody, Josh Smith and Jay Tolbert.
Greene, 4x100 team get region track wins
Marquan Greene won the 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay team also took first place to lead the Colquitt County boys to a fifth-place finish at the Region 1-AAAAAA track meet held recently in Tifton.
Alderman Realty gets Tiny Mite victory
Alderman Realty edged Chick-fil-A 13-12 on Monday in a Tiny Mite girls softball game.
Hutchinson-Traylor holds off Davis Insurance
After taking a 5-0 lead after its first three at bats, Hutchinson-Traylor had to hang on to defeat Davis Insurance 5-4 on Monday in a Midget League game at the Magnolia Sports Complex.
Sprint cars at Needmore
This Saturday night Needmore Speedway will host the second round of a Southern Sprint Car Showdown as sprint cars from the ASCS, Carolina Sprint Car Series will challenge drivers from the Florida Sprint Car Series. This new partnership was formed between the two series to make racing more affordable as well as more exciting for race fans. The first event in the Showdown series will kick off Friday night at Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, then head to Needmore for Saturday’s event. According to Carolina series director Tom Baker, this new series will pit the Florida sprints with their 360 limited motors against the smaller 305 engines in the ASCS cars. But according to Baker, both develop about the same horsepower plus the Oglethorpe track is totally different than Needmore’s 3/8s mile surface. Fans can expect to see top drivers from each series in action this Saturday night including Johnny Petrozelle, Shawn Mott and Tim Perry of the Carolina series as they take on Florida's best. Baker said ‘these drivers don't care what series label it is or what motor is in the car, these guys are the wildest, craziest drivers you'll see all year and they always put on a good show.’ Needmore's lineup this Saturday will also include Limited Late Models, Super Streets, Hobbys and Enduros. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Packers fall 4-2 to Thomas County Central
When Colquitt County defeated Thomas County Central six weeks ago, the Packers got two-run triple by Ross Goforth in the sixth to help send the game into extra innings and used a Goforth grand slam to win it in the eighth.
The Packers could have used a similar big hit, especially in the first, fifth and sixth innings when they stranded eight runners, in a 4-2 loss to the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday at Ike Aultman Field.
Middle school golf teams tune up in Douglas
The Colquitt County middle school golf teams tuned up for Thursday’s conference tournament by playing Coffee Middle School at Douglas Country Club on Monday.
Hawgs to hold open house on Wednesday
The Pop Warner Football South Georgia Hawgs will hold an open house and registration at its new headquarters and learning center at Suite 205, 120 First St. S.E. onWednesday.
A ribbon-cutting will be held at 4:50 p.m. and the open house and registration will run through 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
Colquitt boys win region golf championship
The Colquitt County boys golf team continued its late-season surge and won the Region 1-AAAAAA tournament by eight strokes on Monday at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.
Soccer Pack beats Lowndes, can win region on Wednesday
The Colquitt County boys soccer team scored three goals in the first half and added two more in the second to deal Lowndes its first Region 1-AAAAAA loss of the season and set the stage for a shot at its first region title since 1999.
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