DOUGLAS -- One word went through the mind of new Lowndes boys' coach Paul Strassburg 10 minutes into the second half of Tuesday's opener at Coffee High.

"Losing," Strassburg said.

In the next half hour, Stassburg didn't have to worry about that. Freshman Ryan Townson's goal with seven minutes left broke a 2-2 tie, sending the Vikings to a 3-2 Region 1-AAAAA win over Coffee.

In the girls match, Samantha McCoy scored two goals as Lowndes defeated Coffee, 5-0.

Lowndes's boys (1-0, 1-0) were down 1-0 at halftime, and down 2-0 10 minutes into the second half.

"We came out really agressive, but confused," said Strassburg. "It wasn't working in the first half.

"In the second half we took that aggression and came out as a team with purpose."

The Vikings turned to experience to get back in the game, with goals from senior Patton Pennington and senior captain Kyle Baxter.

Townson followed with the game-winner.

For Lowndes' girls (1-0, 1-0), McCoy scored two minutes into the match. LHS never looked back.

Brittany Mederos and McCoy added first-half goals to make it 3-0. Heidi Duthoy and Amanda Elam scored second-half goals, Elam's on a corner kick.

Lowndes will play non-region games Friday at Glynn Academy. The Vikings will play their lone home match before March 14 when they host Berrien Tuesday at Martin Stadium.



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