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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