Lowndes girls 2, Valdosta 0
Lowndes scored one goal in the first half and added another in the second to defeat crosstown rival Valdosta 2-0 in non-region action Friday night.
The teams will meet April 16 for the official Region 1 game at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
“It is always good to win,” Vikettes head coach Chris Willis said. “They play so hard, Valdosta does. It is such a great rivalry. Their program has come a far way. You could tell. We couldn’t have our way with them like we’d like to. It was a great fight.”
Lowndes (8-2, 3-0 Region 1) dominated possession Friday night, keeping the ball deep inside Valdosta (9-3, 2-2 Region 1) territory for the majority of the night.
With possession of the ball, the Vikettes managed 13 shots on goal, compared to Valdosta’s one shot against goalkeeper Allison Liu.
After playing to a scoreless draw across the opening 29 minutes, Lowndes’ Elizabeth Lott found the back of the net off a corner kick from Ashley Miller.
In the second half, Lowndes’ Alex Haun scored in the 50th minute, giving the Vikettes a 2-0 lead.
Lowndes had multiple opportunities to add to its lead, but failed to do so. In the 37th minute, Shelby Joyner shot too high, despite having a look in front of net. In the second half, Katie Willis missed high. Two minutes later, Lowndes had a pass roll across the goal line and not roll in for the score.
“It is the finishing, we work on that all the time,” Willis said. “The problem is there in the pro’s, college and high school. Finishing is one of the most difficult things. (Valdosta) did a great job. They had six people playing defense and it is tough t get a shot in there.”
Lowndes’ win Friday followed up an impressive win over Tift County Tuesday night, making the Vikettes the front-runner to win the region championship.
“We are in the drivers seat; it is ours to lose,” Willis said. “That was a big win Tuesday night.”