Valdosta High soccer players Kay Blevins (2) and Max Rexroth (7) battle for control of the ball from Thomas County Central’s Taylor Benton (6) Tuesday evening at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s soccer season opener was a one-sided affair in the girls’ contest, and a stalemate broken open in the second half by Thomas County Central in the boys.

The Lady Yellow Jackets started the doubleheader with a 13-0 rout of Valdosta’s girls.

Thomas County Central started the scoring in the 17th minute, and didn’t finish until 75:23 into the game. In between, the Lady Jackets hit VHS with an onslaught of offense.

“They’re a real good team,” Valdosta head coach Chris Chastain said. “They have 9-11 players who play on the same team year-round.”

Thomas County Central put Valdosta behind early. Erica Pendland started the scoring for the Lady Jackets, followed by Ivey Singletary five minutes later and Meka Duncan a minute after that.

“Our girls fell apart after they fell behind,” Chastain said. “They forgot where their position was, they forgot to stay in their zones and weren’t making good passes.”

The Wildcats couldn’t get anything going against the Lady Jackets. Duncan scored three goals, Pendland, Singletary and Christen Terrebroad scored two apiece, and Taylor Benton and Erin Vick each had one. Singletary also contributed on the stat sheet with eight assists.

While the girls game was decided early on, the boys game was a close-fought contest throughout the first half and for the start of the second.

Thomas County Central broke a 3-3 tie at the 50:30 mark when Ethan Vick found Tyler Strickland in front of the Valdosta net for the score.

The Yellow Jackets then added two more goals, one by Montavious Diaz at 66:08 and the other by Vick at 79:12, to bring the score to 6-3.

Diaz scored four goals for Thomas County Central, including the first two of the game.

Those two goals by Diaz, which came just a minute apart, quickly put the Wildcats down by two.

However, Valdosta quickly answered right back, and tied the score. Aaron Gallardo scored four minutes after Diaz’s second goal, then scored again 1:12 later.

The two teams stayed tied 2-2 throughout the remaining 30 minutes of the first half, and into the second.

In the second half, Thomas County Central again started the scoring, and Valdosta again quickly answered.

This time, Diaz had his third of four goals on the night, scoring at the 45:24 mark. Valdosta’s Chris Armstrong came right back and scored 30 seconds later.

Armstrong’s goal was the last of the night for Valdosta. Thomas County Central kept the Wildcats spread throughout the field, and picked up strong play from its goalkeeper.

Valdosta’s girls and boys teams look to get in the win column for the first time Thursday when they travel to Warner Robins for their Region 1-AAAAA opener.

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