MOULTRIE -- After combining to win 10 straight matches on the road and get a five-game homestand off to a perfect start, the Colquitt County soccer teams are enjoying spring break and their impressive records.

Colquitt will be off until Friday, April 12 when the Packers and Lady Packers play host to Lee County at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

Until then, each team can savor what has turned into an excellent season after a disappointing start.

Both teams lost their season openers at Lowndes. The Packers have not lost since, wining 12 in a row.

The Lady Packers dropped three of their first four and have not been scored on since, winning eight straight.

The Packers lead the Region 1-AAAAA standings with a 9-1 record. Lowndes is second at 6-1, with its only loss coming by a 1-0 score on penalty kicks to Ware County.

Lee County, which is next on the schedule for the Packers, is 7-2.

The Packers and Trojans went to penalty kicks before Colquitt prevailed 4-3 in Leesburg on March 15.

The victory was the first of two this season that the Packers have taken in a shootout. Colquitt beat Coffee in Douglas by the same score after being tied 3-3 at the end of overtime.

Colquitt has been led offensively by Jay Strickland, who scored twice in the 3-0 victory over Valdosta on Tuesday to give him 12 for the season.

Strickland also has five assists for a team-leading 29 points.

Colby Simpson has added nine goals and six assists for 24 points.

Josue Rivera got his sixth goal of the season on Tuesday and with his three assists has 15 points.

Colquitt's girls are in third place in the region, trailing Lowndes (7-0) and Lee County (5-1).

But they still have games remaining against the teams ahead of them in the standings.

The Lady Packers defeated Lee 2-0 last month, but remember the Lady Trojans as the team that knocked them out of the region championship last year.

Colquitt's girls have seven players in double-digits in scoring.

Leah Bradley added to her team points lead when she scored her ninth goal of the season on Tuesday against Valdosta. She also has 10 assists for 28 points.

Emily Jeter scored twice to tie for the team lead in goals with nine. She has four assists for 22 points.

Morgan Turner has seven goals and four assists for 18 points.

Paxton Gehle also has 18 points on eight goals and the two assists she had on Tuesday.

Julie Hunter added her fifth goal of the season on Tuesday and is tied with Sara Fleetwood with 12 points.

Katherine Faircloth has five goals for 10 points.

In other Region 1-AAAAA soccer action this week, Ware County's boys defeated Tift County 2-1 on Monday.

The Gators are now 6-7 overall and 5-5 in the region.

The Blue Devils fall to 5-6, 4-6.

Tift's girls salvaged the split, defeating the Lady Gators 2-0. The Lady Devils are now 7-5 overall and 6-4 in the region. Ware's girls fall to 6-6 and 5-5.

On Friday, Lowndes will travel to Coffee and Valdosta will be at Tift County.



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