Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 18, 2014

THS soccer squads remain undefeated in 1-AA with Tuesday wins over Berrien

Daniel Kramer
CNHI

THOMASVILLE —

The Thomasville soccer squads continued their region surge with a pair of victories on Tuesday.

The girls opened with a 3-0 shutout, and the boys followed with a 7-2 win in the finale.

With the wins, both teams remain undefeated in 1-AA play (5 victories apiece) and have downed every team in the region.

“it certainly gives you boosted confidence, especially as you get ready for the rest of your season,” boys coach Keith Gwaltney said. “We’ve got a lot of great players, we’re just learning how to play together. To watch what these guys do in the next month and a half, it’s going to be very interesting to see how it unforlds.”

Thomasville’s Hank Sofferin scored the Bulldogs’ first goal just five minutes into the game, which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Gwaltney said he’s emphasized the importance of starting early to not only build confidence, but a cushion as well.

Berrien bounced back and scored, though, which gave the Bulldogs what Gwaltney called “a much-needed wakeup call.”

“It looked like we were going to run away with it, then we kind of slowed down and lost fire. Coming out of the half [ahead 4-1], we were able to put them away down the stretch.”

Tommy Hill had a hat trick evening with three goals; Austin Mata notched a pair, and Sofferin and Peralta each had one,

Thomasville also welcomed back star sophomore Ian Ward, who had been out with a hip injury sustained at a camp at Clemson in January.

Ward wasn’t slated to start, but earned the nod in lieu of a few player penalties.

Ward notched an assist in the first half and played the bulk of the game before leaving when his doctor said “he’d had enough.”

The girls game went to a much slower pace.

The teams went into halftime tied at zero before Thomasville “settled down,” coach Martha Murray said. “We weren’t really making good decisions with our shots on goal – we should’ve been putting it more in front.

“Nothing up the middle was working, so we moved [the ball] upfield from the side. There were just a lot of good possessions; moving the ball’ finding open players.”

Daniella Pistelli had a pair of goals and Shea Lyons notched the other.

Goalie Amy Latner recorded yet another shutout this season.

“This was the best soccer I’ve seen at Thomasville High School tonight, and I’ve been here more than 15 years,” Murray said.

Both teams now eye the postseason, and should lock up a playoff berth with another win.

Thomasville travels to Fitzgerald on Friday then takes on Berrien again next week.

“It’s always a different story when we hit the road, so we’ll see,” Murray said.