VALDOSTA -- Both the Ware County Gators and Valdosta Wildcats received multiple items during their soccer game Tuesday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

While Valdosta scored four goals to the one for the Gators, Ware's physical game play earned them three yellow cards.

The 4-1 VHS win on senior night improved it to 4-6 overall and in Region 1-AAAAA in its push for a state playoff spot.

"It was kind of an ugly game," Wildcats' head coach Chris Tindall said. "They (Ware) wanted to get real physical and tried turn it into something other than a soccer match. I'm just glad we came out on top."

The Wildcats went out front in the 15th minute when Dewey McCowen scored his first of three goals. He added his second in the 26th minute for a 2-0 lead.

Ware sliced the margin in two in the 40th minute of the half when Cesar Lozoya rifled a shot in from the right corner of the penalty box that bounced in the net off the right post out of the reach of VHS goal keeper Carl Miller.

VHS put the game pout of reach in the second half with two goals from Taylor Lacey in the 17th minute and McCowen in the 28th minute.



Ware County 3, Valdosta 1

Already crippled by the loss of leading scorer Chelsey Homans, the injury bug didn't leave the Lady Wildcats alone.

After Valdosta (2-7) raced out to a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute on a Tamika Newman goal, Ware knotted the score in the 37th minute when Hobie Sasser tallied one of her three goals.

But on the play, VHS stopper Sherri Boinski was injured upon being taken down from behind and didn't return.

The marker sent the game into a 1-1 tie at halftime.

The Lady Gators pulled away Sasser's two goals in the eighth and 12th minutes.

VHS goalie Katie Rockenbach left the game after the second score and was replaced by Kelly Hilton.



Lowndes sweeps Lee

John Elliott broke open from midfield and scored his second goal of the night with under a minute to play as the Lowndes High boys' soccer team defeated Lee County 3-2 on Tuesday at Martin Stadium.

Michael Sanchez also scored for Lowndes (10-3, 8-1), while Kyle Baxter added two assists.

Earlier, the Lady Vikings stayed perfect in Region 1-AAAAA play by defeating Lee County 2-0.

Brittany Speece scored on a deflection in the 52nd minute for her first goal since missing three weeks with a leg injury.

Samantha McCoy added an insurance goal four minutes later on a breakaway. Sara Lippencott made three saves in goal for Lowndes (11-2, 9-0).

LHS hosts a doubleheader Friday against Coffee.



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