MOULTRIE -- Neither coach in Tuesday's Colquitt County-Thomasville girls soccer game at Mack Tharpe Stadium was sure of the rule regarding overtime.

Once Colquitt County coach Jimbo Jarvis understood that all games --including non-region games -- must go into overtime if tied at the end of regulation, he was ready for at least 20 more minutes of soccer.

The Thomasville coach was not so sure, but sent her team out for the first 10-minute period after the Lady Bulldogs tied the match 1-1 on a breakaway goal by Ashley Bingham with just 17 seconds remaining.

But when two Thomasville players were injured as Colquitt County's Leah Bradley scored the go-ahead goal with 3:12 remaining in the first overtime, the Lady Bulldogs left the field and prepared to head back to Thomasville, giving Colquitt the 2-1 victory.

The victory raises the Lady Packers record to 3-0 overall and they will attempt to get their Region 1-AAAAA record up to 2-0 when they play host to Coffee at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the stadium.

"It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it," said Lady Packers coach Jimbo Jarvis. "We've got a lot of stuff to work on."

Jarvis said he was disappointed that Thomasville pulled its players off the field.

"We train all we long for a match and we train to win," he said. "If there's a chance for us to play and win, we are going to play.

"We wanted the experience of playing a good team and that was good competition."

After a scoreless first half, Bradley got her first unassisted goal of the night with 21:58 left in regulation.

It appeared the 1-0 advantage would hold up until Bingham broke through the Colquitt County defense and fired a shot past goal keeper Ashley Harrison -- who has had just one day of practice -- to tie the game with 17.1 seconds remaining.

Jarvis said he wanted his team to try to run out the clock by taking the ball to the corner and "playing with it."

"But we got a little greedy and tried to score again," Jarvis said. "And then she caught us napping. She was quick enough and it was off to the races."

Jarvis said that with more practice time Harrison will know how to come out and stop a shot like Bingham's. But Harrison just joined the team Monday after playing with the Colquitt County girls basketball team. She also was a starter for the softball team last fall.

The Lady Bulldogs celebrated the Bingham score and, 17 seconds later, celebrated what they assumed was a come-from-behind tie.

But after reluctantly heading back to the field, Thomasville was unable to keep Colquitt from the go-ahead goal when two Lady Bulldogs collided in front of their net and Bradley punched it in.

Jarvis said the Thomasville coach indicated that she was worried about more of her players getting injured in the overtime.

"She'd rather forfeit than play it out," Jarvis said. "We're here to get better."

Colquitt had several sterling opportunities to score in the first half, twice hitting the cross bar and, on another occasion, missing a penalty kick.



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