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Soccer teams on both ends of sweeps last week
by Kyle Sears
Mar 21, 2008 | 1331 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jones County High boys’ and girls’ soccer teams had nearly identical weeks consisting of matches against GMC in Milledgeville and Dutchtown in Hampton.

The Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds both scored wins against former opponent and got drubbed by the latter.

The ’Hounds (2-5-1 overall, 0-2 in sub-region 4B-AAAA) beat the Bulldogs, 8-3, March 3, in a non-region competition due in large part to Kevin Green.

The junior scored a season-high four goals and was backed by goals from Dayne Foti, Sawyer Myers, Giovanni Nunez, and Ethan Parrish.

“Our shots all seemed to find the back of the net that night,” boys’ coach Jason Smith said.

Green scored the first three of his goals in the first 30 minutes of action.

The Lady ’Hounds (2-6 overall, 0-2 in 4B-AAAA) were also bolstered by a big performance from a junior in a 4-0 victory.

Emily Ward had three goals, despite playing sparingly due to a knee injury.

“That’s not bad if sparingly gets you three goals,” girls’ coach Will Mitcham said.

Ward and senior Devyn Foti, who have combined to score nine of the team’s 15 goals on the season, have both been hampered by injury recently.

“If everybody’s playing and passing well, we have other scoring threats,” Mitcham said.

The coach said that six of his 11 starters have scored goals, including Jordan Stafford, who accounted for the team’s other goal against GMC.

The team also saw the return of senior Kelly Walter last week. Walter has missed the majority of the team’s action since suffering an early-season leg injury.

Both teams were shut out at the hands of a different breed of Bulldogs, Friday, in Hampton in region play.

The boys fell 13-0, while the girls lost 12-0.

“Dutchtown was without a doubt one of the stronger teams in the region,” Smith said.

The Lady Bulldogs were the region 4-AAAA champions last season.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Dutchtown – they are very skilled – but they are also beatable,” Mitcham said. “It was very frustrating because we didn’t play the way we can.”

For Mitcham, his team’s effort was never in question in the lopsided loss. It was execution that cost the Lady ’Hounds the contest.

“As far as talent and skill level I think we’re pretty equal (with Dutchtown), but they have a little more experience and a little more self-confidence, and that was the difference between winning and losing,” the girls’ coach said.

The losses put both teams at 0-2 with four more sub-region games to play.

They will host Baldwin, Friday, 5 p.m., and travel to Stockbridge, Monday, 5 p.m., and face Northside and Upson-Lee in the coming weeks.

In order to qualify for the region tournament, the teams must be one of the top four teams out of the seven in their sub-region after regular-season play.

The two coaches had differing outlooks concerning their teams’ winless starts in 4B-AAAA.

The boys’ coach stressed urgency.

“We have dug ourselves into a hole as far as making it to the region tournament,” Smith said.

Mitcham pointed to the opportunity that lies ahead for his team.

“There are four more region games, so we’re just fine,” he said. “We just have to figure out how to translate our play in out-of-region games to in-region games.”

The Lady ’Hounds had a non-region match against Putnam, which was scheduled for March 4, cancelled. A make-up date has yet to be decided.
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