Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 21, 2014

Panthers, Lady Panthers sweep Monroe in region soccer opener

AMERICUS — After just one non-region soccer match, Americus-Sumter’s Panthers and Lady Panthers dove into Region 1-AAAA play on Thursday with a twin-bill against Monroe High. After a dominant 10-0 win in the boy’s opener, Americus-Sumter earned the sweep in the second game with a 2-1 double overtime victory by the Lady Panthers.

As the opening game began on Finklea-Robinson Field, it did not take long to see that the boys’ game was going to be a one-sided contest. Less than three minutes into the opening half, Carl Johnson broke the scoreless tie after coming up from defense to score on a corner kick by Tylen Pepito.

Two minutes later Tye Skala sent a penalty kick into the net, giving Americus-Sumter a 2-0 lead. The Panthers then got a goal from Brayean Lepiz before freshman Jonathon Abarca scored back-to-back goals to increase the lead to 5-0.

Americus-Sumter ended the first half with two more scores, one by Pablo Avila and one by Edin Ancelmo, to take a 7-0 lead into the halftime break.

The lead quickly grew to 10 early in the second half as Ancelmo and Avila scored their second goals of the game and Pepito sent a penalty shot into the goal to put the game out of reach. In the 10-0 region victory, Ricardo Rodriguez and Khoa Vu also had an assist apiece.

With one win already in the books for Americus-Sumter, Head Coach John Daughety’s Lady Panthers then took the field for the night-cap against the Lady Tornados. While the first game ended in a blowout Americus-Sumter victory, the second game provided a double overtime nail-biter for the home crowd.

In the two 40-minute halves, both the Lady Panthers and Lady Tornados scored one goal each to force an overtime period. For Americus-Sumter, Alma Lepiz scored the lone regulation goal for the Lady Panthers to tie the game at 1-1.

The first five minute overtime period saw the same stalemate as each team failed to put the ball in their opponents goal. In the second overtime period, however, Rebecca Ballesteros ended the game with a tie-breaking goal to give the Lady Panthers a hard-fought 2-1 region victory.

Americus-Sumter will hit the busses for their next contests, a Region 1-AAAA doubleheader against Worth County on Tuesday evening. The Lady Panthers will open play in Sylvester at 5:30 p.m., and the Panthers will follow at 7:30 p.m. Last season, Worth County defeated Americus-Sumter’s boys 1-0 to earn an appearance in the region championship game.


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