MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High junior varsity soccer teams went to Lowndes on Saturday and came back with a pair of Region 1-AAAAA tournament championships.
The Colquitt County girls beat Houston County 4-1 on the strength of four goals by eighth-grader Alba Hernandez to take the girls crown.
The junior varsity Packers followed suit, winning on penalty kicks over Lowndes.
The junior varsity boys championship game was tied 0-0 after regulation.
But the Packers got penalty kicks from Dagoberto Cisneros, Nolan Wynn and Nathan Fowler.
The first Lowndes penalty kick was wide, and then the Vikings made one.
But Colquitt County goal keeper Michael Murray knocked away the next two Lowndes attempts to give the Packers the victory.
"Murray made some big saves," Colquitt County junior varsity boys coach Mell Wier said. "And he stopped two penalty kicks. You know how hard it is to stop penalty kicks."
Colquitt's boys finished second in the regular season with a 7-3 record and defeated Tift County 5-0 on Friday to advance to the championship match.
Lowndes had upset first-place Houston County on Friday to advance to the championship match and the chance to play at home.
"Offensively, we outplayed them, we just couldn't put it in," Wier said. "We had a couple of real good chances, but their keeper made some great saves."
After going throughout the regular season without a shutout, the Packers held both of their tournament opponents without a score.
"Our defense played great," Wier said. "We just played good fundamental soccer."
The junior varsity boys roster included Ben Allen, Carlos Charles, Ivan Folsom, D.J. Vanzant, Daniel Garcia, Nathan Fowler, Beau Holden, Omar Zapote, Michael Murray, Daniel Phillips, Hudson Wrenn, Morgan Castellow, Dagoberto Cisneros, Stephen Reyes, Octavio Gonzalez, Marcos Delacruz, Salvador Duque, Eric Castenon and Nolan Wynn.
The Colquitt County's junior varsity girls lost their first two matches of the season, but came back to finish 8-3-1, including the victory over Houston County in Saturday's championship game.
The Lady Packers often played with just 11 girls this season, but finished strong, winning their last three.
And in their two region tournament games, they outscored Coffee and Houston by a combined 12-1.
"I couldn't be prouder of these girls," coach Andy Chapura said. "They lost their first two and had every right to hang their heads.
"But they knew how to win."
Houston had won one of the two previous meetings with Colquitt County 1-0. The other ended in a 0-0 tie.
And Chupura called Saturday's match "a very hard-fought game."
"Houston was not very happy when they left Valdosta," Chapura said.
Colquitt led 2-0 at the half on goals in the 20th and 34th minutes by Hernandez.
Hernandez scored again in the 41st minute to put Colquitt up 3-0 before Houston got its only goal of the game in the 50th minute.
The final goal was scored by Hernandez in the 62nd minute. The Lady Packers had 15 shots on goal.
The victory was especially gratifying for the core of 12 players that Chapura had most of the season: Anna DeMott, Katie Roberts, Heather Tillman, Lindy Sanderson, Christi Taylor, Lunden Connell, Melinda Workman, Allyson Jones, Marissa Aldridge, Meg Turner, Tabitha Radcliff and Mary Beth Wiggins.
Late in the season, the team got some help from three eighth-graders: Hernandez, Abbey Taylor and Tiffany King.
Morgan Jones and Kristin Hall also played for both the junior varsity and varsity teams during the season.
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