Valdosta Daily Times

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April 2, 2014

VHS boys top Tift in thriller

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High put together its most complete performance of the 2014 soccer season Tuesday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, upsetting the Tift County Blue Devils 2-1 in a thrilling contest.

The Blue Devils had the majority of possession in the first half, but couldn’t manufacture many chances due to the strong performance from Valdosta’s back line. Tift County’s best chance came in the 27th minute, when Damion Terrazas ran on to the end of a through ball and drilled it off the post.

The fireworks started in the second half, when Valdosta was awarded a penalty kick for a late tackle in the box. Alex Cosper converted the penalty to give underdog Valdosta a 1-0 lead, and the ’Cats weren’t finished.

After a Tift County giveaway, a quick Valdosta counterattack created another quality chance for the ’Cats, as Tavon Westley chipped a shot around Tift County’s diving keeper to push Valdosta ahead 2-0.

Tift County closed the game with a flurry of chances as it attempted to find two goals to equalize, but Valdosta defense, led by a strong performance from Parker Campiglia, again held firm.

Tift managed to find one goal after Cameron Earls took a shot from 20 yards out that Valdosta’s goalie couldn’t handle, and Luis Hernandez slotted the rebound home.

In the waning seconds, Valdosta’s keeper was controversially knocked down without a foul being called as Tift County entered desperation mode, leaving the goal wide open. Tift found space and took a shot, but the shot was saved on the goal line by Campiglia and cleared away to solidify the win for Valdosta.

The win, the Wildcats’ most impressive of the season, pushes Valdosta’s record to 6-6-1.

In the girls game, Tift knocked off Valdosta 5-0.  Despite the loss, Valdosta senior goalkeeper Kenyanna Taylor had her best performance of the season.

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