Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 20, 2012

Panthers take one of two from visiting Bearcats

AMERICUS — The Americus Sumter soccer teams were in action on Friday night to battle the visiting Bearcats of Bainbridge High School from Decatur County. The Panthers and Bearcats are former region foes who have a history of splitting soccer matches. On Friday, the Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Bearcats, while the boys of Americus Sumter scored early and held on to a 1-0 lead throughout the match to take the victory.

It was a story of potent offense from the visiting Lady Bearcats that doomed the Lady Panthers in the first game of the guys-girls doubleheader. Despite a strong performance by junior goal keeper Sherise Kohler, who had approximately 20 saves, the Bearcats managed to score three goals early, which would prove to be the difference in the game. The Lady Panthers were strong on defense in the second half, but could never get the offense going and lost by a final score of 3-0.

In the boys’ match-up, scoring early was also the key to the game. Following a breakaway, Edin Ancelmo scored a goal at the 3:00 minute mark early in the first half to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Behind an extremely impressive effort by goal keeper Alex Brown, the Panthers would totally shut down the offensive attack of the visiting Bearcats. Brown withheld a barrage of shots in the closing minutes of the game as the Panthers would blank the Bearcats 1-0.

The win puts the Americus Sumter Panthers at 2-0 overall and 1-0 in region 1-AAA. The loss for the Lady Panthers puts them at 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the region

The Panthers and Lady Panthers will travel to Westover before returning home to take on Cairo on Friday, February 24th.  The girls’ game will begin at 5:30 and the boys’ game will immediately follow. All Americus Sumter home matches take place at Robinson/Wilson Stadium at Americus Sumter North Campus football field.

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