CCHS soccer teams close regular season; begin playoffs Tuesday

Published 3:19 pm Friday, April 19, 2019

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The Crisp County High School soccer teams will both be hosting games in the first round of the class AAA state tournament next week, but before they began final preparations for the playoffs, the Cougar teams completed the regular season with games this week.

On Tuesday night, Crisp’s teams were both initially scheduled to close out region play with games at Cook County. The Lady Cougars defeated Cook in a penalty shootout on the night after a 0-0 tie, and the Crisp County boys won by way of a Cook forfeit earlier in the day.

In the Lady Cougars’ match against Cook, the game started fast for both teams, and after some solid defense on both sides the score was tied at 0-0 at the half.

In the second half, Crisp had a few opportunities that hit the post along with some shots saved by the Cook keeper that kept the score knotted at 0-0 through the second period and overtime, so the game headed to a penalty kick shootout.

During the penalty kicks, Crisp kicked first and Madison Waters stepped up and put the ball in the back of the net.

After a Cook player tied it up at one goal apiece, CCHS goalkeeper Peyton Bozeman made a great save on the second Cook County shot attempt.

Maddi Hughes and Anahi Garcia subsequently stepped up and made their shots to give Crisp the 3-1 lead.

Next, Cook made another kick and then Bozeman came up with another great save to give the Lady Cougars the momentum.

Crisp’s Kirin Webb then walked up and made the final shot of the match to secure the win for the Lady Cougars.

The win gave the Crisp girls’ team their first ever undefeated regular season region record (9-0).

CCHS soccer concluded the regular season schedule on Thursday night with home losses to Thomasville High School. The Thomasville Bulldogs defeated the Crisp boys’ 2-0 on Thursday night, while the Lady Cougars were defeated 1-0 by the Lady Bulldogs.

The CCHS girls finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-6, while the boys’ team finished at 9-8-1 (W-L-T).

The Lady Cougars will begin the playoffs on Tuesday with a home game against Central Macon with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. The Crisp boys’ team opens up the state tournament at home against Westside Macon on Wednesday at 5 p.m.