MOULTRIE — Fortunately for the Colquitt County High soccer teams, they did not have to wait long to play after suffering a pair of disappointing losses to Warner Robins on Friday at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

The Lady Packers and Packers got on buses early Saturday morning and headed to Westover, where they were able to vent some of the frustration from the night before as they pitched two shutouts at Westover in Albany.

The Colquitt County boys took their second penalty kicks loss of the week on Friday when the Demons scored a tying goal with eight minutes left in regulation, then won in penalty kicks 8-7.

But they bounced back nicely on Saturday, shutting out the Patriots 5-0.

“We played pretty well,” said Packers coach Rob Craft, whose team raised its record to 4-6 and ended a four-game losing streak. “It was hard to get up for a Saturday game, especially after Friday night.

“But we stayed with it.”

Although substituting freely, hte Packers jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead.

Tyler Dismuke put the Packers up 1-0 on his first goal of the season.

Josue Mundo made it 2-0 and Daniel Moreno got the goal to give the Packers a comfortable halftime lead.

Mundo scored his second goal in the second half before Bret Holden finished off the scoring with his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Dismuke got the assist on Holden’s goal. The others were unassisted.

“We had a chance to play everybody who was well enough to play,” Craft said. “We put some guys in who didn’t get a chance to play Friday night.”

Colquitt’s boys now must get ready to play host to Valdosta on Tuesday.

The Packers needed penalty kicks to knock off the Wildcats in Valdosta on March 3.

The Wildcats lost to Tift County 3-2 on Friday and will bring a 1-10 record to the stadium on Tuesday.

“We are going to try to beat Valdosta and work our way back up the ladder in the region,” said Craft, whose Packers are now 3-6 in the Region 1-AAAAA standings.

“But we are going to have to play well and come out with some intensity.”

There was little conversation on the Colquitt County girls team’s bus on the way to Albany on Saturday after the team’s shot at a share of first place in the region went down tubes in a 6-2 loss to the Demonettes on Friday.

But Lady Packers coach Jimbo Jarvis got the girls “laughing and giggling” again just prior to the start of the match against the Lady Patriots and Colquitt went on to a 4-0 victory.

The Lady Packers played without two starters.

Lauren Kelshaw was held out to rest a cranky ankle and Alba Hernandez, who scored both of the goals against Warner Robins, was sick.

Still, the team played its best match in a week, Jarvis said.

“That was the first game where we were ourselves since the Tifton game,” Jarvis said. “And that was encouraging.”

The loss to Warner Robins broke a seven-game winning streak, but the Lady Packers got right back on the left-hand side of the ledger, scoring twice in the first half against Westover.

And the first goal came from a somewhat unexpected source.

Just 30 seconds into her first varsity competition, freshman Meagan May scored her first goal to put the Lady Packers up 1-0 19 minutes into the first half.

May is no stranger to the scoring column, however. She leads the junior varsity team with 14 goals in its 10 games.

Jessie Hester made it 2-0 on a header 31 minutes into the half. She now has three goals this season.

Freshman Jordan Hammack scored both of the Colquitt County goals in the second half.

Hammack’s first goal came on a header off corner kick by fellow freshman Alex Norris.

Her second goal came on a hard shot from just inside the 19.

Hammack also has three goals this year.

“I’m proud of the way we boun-ced back,” Jarvis said. “Hopefully we’ll have Lauren good to go on Tuesday when we play Valdosta.”



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