MOULTRIE — Usually when the Colquitt County soccer teams travel to Leesburg for what seems to have become a preseason scrimmage tradition, the weather is usually wet or cold or both and the Colquitt County boys team does not play well.

But on a sunny and warm Saturday, the Packers got an unassisted goal from Gian Rodriguez in the second half that provided the winning margin in a 2-1 victory.

The Colquitt County girls played an excellent final 40 minutes but could not overcome a 5-0 halftime deficit and lost to the Lady Trojans 6-4.

The Colquitt County boys got a goal from Daniel Moreno off an assist from Giovanny Rico-Garcia in the first and held the lead until Rodriguez scored in the second half.

“And we had some other chances, too,” said Packers coach Rob Craft. “At times, we looked real sharp.

“We’ve got some things to work on, but overall I thought we played well.”

Lee County got its only goal with about three minutes left in the match.

Weather permitting, the Packers will practice on Monday to iron out some kinks before Tuesday’s season-opener against Lowndes at Packer Park.

Of the 5-0 halftime deficit his team faced on Saturday, Colquitt County girls coach Jimbo Jarvis said, “It was as ugly as it sounds.

“Our ball touches were terrible. If we were to use a football analogy, I’d say we were fumbling the ball. It was awful.”

Most of the lapses were in the midfield and on defense, Jarvis said, and the offense had some chances.

“We knew we had to work it out in the second half or work it out against Lowndes,” Jarvis said. “We decided to work it out in the second half.”

In that second half, the Lady Packers got goals from Alex Norris, Lindsey Causey, Meagan May and Carly Banks.

“And we had at least three more we should have had, but just couldn’t come up with,” Jarvis said.

“In the second half, our ball touches were much cleaner. We feel like we got back on track in the second half. We’re excited about it. We’re ready to play.”

Following Tuesday’s season-opener, the Packers and Lady Packers will be off until next Saturday when they travel north to play Warner Robins.

Colquitt will play three times next week, traveling to Valdosta on Tuesday, March 2 and playing host to Northside-Warner Robins on Friday, March 5 and Lee County on Saturday March 6.

The junior varsity teams play Monday at Valdosta and play host to Cairo on Wednesday.

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