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March 26, 2014

Lowndes soccer edges Valdosta

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes soccer teams put forth quality performances Tuesday night against Valdosta at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, as the Vikettes defeated the Wildcats 3-2 in a penalty shootout and the Vikings dispatched the Wildcats 1-0 in the finale.

In the girls game, the Vikettes dominated possession of the ball, manufacturing a handful of quality chances and playing the majority of the game in their attacking half. Despite the abundance of chances, Lowndes couldn’t break through Valdosta’s back line to break the 0-0 tie.

Lowndes sophomore striker Elizabeth Lott was lively for the Vikettes, distributing several quality passes and creating a number of goal-scoring opportunities to her teammates. Despite Lott’s strong performance, it was Lowndes senior back Shelby Joyner that came closest to breaking the 0-0 tie in extra time. The senior took a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that was tailing away into the upper right corner of the net.  However, the Valdosta keeper found just enough of the ball to push it around the post, keeping it tied.

Defensive-minded Valdosta struck first in the shootout, as the Wildcats’ first shooter deposited her penalty into the bottom right corner of the net. The goal came after Lowndes keeper Kate Tunison saved the initial shot, but was penalized for stepping across her line before the ball was struck.

Lowndes answered with a goal from Haylee Gordon, and Valdosta quickly regained a 2-1 shootout lead when Amy Nelson buried her penalty chance. Despite the next Lowndes shot skimming the outside of the right post, Laura Tunison and Darby Jones both converted their penalties to eventually lift the Vikettes.

The boys game saw Lowndes again dominate possession of the ball, as Chris Wilmot and Christian Castanon probed the Valdosta defense throughout.

Nine minutes into the second half, Castanon found space in the box and cracked a right-footed shot that found the lower left corner of the net to push Lowndes ahead 1-0. After the goal, the Vikings managed to keep possession, limiting Valdosta’s chances to knot the game up.

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