MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County middle school boys soccer team had defeated Pine Grove by 7-2 and 8-3 scores during the regular season, but had a battle on its hands on Friday in the opening round of the South Georgia Athletic Conference tournament at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
The Packers led 2-0 and and 3-1 in the match against the Vikings, before pulling out a 3-2 victory.
The victory sends the Colquitt County boys to a second round meeting with Coffee at 2:30 p.m. today at Tifton’s Optimist Park.
Coffee advanced by eliminating Valdosta 3-0 on Friday.
The Colquitt County girls also won their tournament opener but had an easier time, blanking Pine Grove 7-0.
The middle school boys were up 1-0 at the half on the strength of a Jason Nunez goal in the 19th minute.
Nunez dribbled about 40 yards before getting off a shot at a difficult angle that somehow found the net.
The Packers extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second half when a shot by Josh Smith bounced off the head of Francisco Gomez to Marcus Lopez, who put it in the net.
Pine Grove answered quickly to cut the Packers lead in half.
Nunez scored again after along dribble to put the Colquitt boys up 3-1, before Pine Grove again answered with a goal.
The Packers then tightened down their defense and held on for the victory.
The Colquitt boys played Coffee just once in the regular season and came out with a 1-0 victory.
A victory over the Trojans would send the Packers, now 13-2-2, to the 4:30 p.m. championship game.
The middle school Lady Packers had little trouble in blanking the Pine Grove girls for the third time this season. Colquitt will meet Hahira in a semifinal game at 1 p.m. today in Tifton.
The Lady Packers, now 11-5-1, won both regular-season meeting with Hahira by 1-0 and 3-1 scores.
The Lady Packers led Pine Grove 3-0 at the half after two goals by Mary Holt Statom and one by Aubrey Norris.
Colquitt added four more goals in the second half, including the first goals of the season by Kali Summerlin and Raley Wallace.
Selyna Gant and Ferrell Tyndall had the other two goals.