Valdosta Daily Times

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February 12, 2014

Strong start

Valdosta girls, boys blast Cook in opener


VALDOSTA — Valdosta    5

Cook boys    1

Valdosta's boys soccer team struggled in a 2-0 preseason loss to Fitzgerald on Feb. 6, and when Cook took an early lead, it looked like the Wildcats were in store for another long night. VHS, though, scored five unanswered goals to rout the Hornets on Tuesday.

According to Valdosta coach Derek Parten the difference in Tuesday's game was not hard to pinpoint.

“The intensity level,” said Parten. “We challenged them to pick up the intensity level and make quicker decisions and better decisions with the ball. We focused on that in training and that's what we did tonight.”

Cook scored in the sixth minute of the contest and clung to the 1-0 lead despite Valdosta's barrage of shots on goal.

Finally, on the Wildcats’ 14th shot of the night in the 29th minute, Collier Mutert tied the game up with Valdosta's first goal of the season.

With just three minutes left before halftime Alex Cosper added another Valdosta goal giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead after the first half.

Once the second half began Valdosta continued to get shot after shot at Cook’s keeper, ultimately resulting in three more goals.

The difference in Valdosta boys’ performance Tuesday compared to last Thursday’s scrimmage looked like night and day as they were much more active.

"After this past Thursday's scrimmage we asked them to turn up the intensity a little bit and they responded," said Parten. "We've still got some work to do, but we're on the right track.

Valdosta will have the chance to test its progress Friday when Thomasville comes to town.

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