MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County junior varsity girls soccer team got outstanding efforts from freshmen Abby Taylor and Alba Hernandez — who also will see plenty of time with varsity — and defeated Valdosta 5-0 on Thursday at Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field.

The Colquitt County junior varsity boys fell behind 1-0 in the first five minutes of their match with the Wildcats, but regrouped to win 4-1.

The junior varsity Lady Packers got a goal by Taylor with 18 minutes left in the first half, and that was all they would need.

“But we really exploded in the second half,” coach Andy Chapura said.

With 34 minutes remaining, Hernandez scored, with Taylor assisting.

Three minutes later, Taylor scored her second goal of the match with Hernandez getting the assist.

With 15 minutes left, Taylor completed the hat trick with her third goal. Melinda Workman got the assist.

Thirty seconds later, Hernandez got her second goal off an assist by Taylor to close out the scoring.

“In the first half, we were a little sloppy,” Chapura said, adding the played much better in the second half. “I was happy with how they all played.”

Chapura said the team got an outstanding effort from Marissa Aldridge.

“She is really our most improved player,” he said.

Tiffany King also had a big game at sweeper, Chapura said.

The start is a much better one than last year’s junior varsity girls had.

In 2005, the junior varsity Lady Packers, who played much of the season with just 11 players, lost their first two. They did not lose another.

The Colquitt County junior varsity boys also overcame a slow start on Thursday to win their opening match.

“We gave them a cheap goal early,” coach Mell Wier said. “And we let them own the midfield.

“Once we took over the midfield and we started marking their No. 4, things got better.”

Freshman Daniel Garcia scored two goals to lead the junior varsity Packers.

Nathan Fowler added a goal and an assist.

D.J. Vanzant scored the Packers final goal with 19:09 left in the match.

The junior varsity Packers and Lady Packers will be off today, but will be back at Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field on Saturday to meet Ware County.

The girls game will begin at 11 a.m. The boys game will start at 1 p.m.

Those games will be followed by varsity matches against Ware County.

The junior varsity boys and girls teams will go out on the road for the first time next Thursday when they travel to Valdosta to meet Lowndes.

The girls will start at 5 p.m. The boys will begin at 7 p.m.

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