THOMASVILLE — Thomasville had numerous opportunities to score against Lovett on Friday night.

But whether it was just shots that went awry or great saves by the Lions’ defenders, the Bulldogs were held to one goal in a 2-1 defeat in the first round of the Class A/AA playoffs at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The biggest save came almost halfway through the second half.

With Lovett leading 2-1, Thomasville’s Collier Feinberg dribbled the ball into Lovett territory and hit a shot past the Lovett goalie. But the Lions’ Eric Nam came out of nowhere and kicked the ball out, mere inches before it went into the net.

“There were a couple of times that happened,” said Thomasville coach Dale Hermann. “It was a good game.”

Another great Lovett save came a couple of minutes earlier when a Lions’ defender knocked a would-be goal with a header of his own.

Thomasville’s lone goa was the first score of the game, coming with 34:14 in the first half. Brian Hehn drilled a shot in the center of the field, approximately 15 yards out past the Lovett goalie.

Lovett’s first goal came with 13:15 remaining in the first half.

Its decisive goal came on a header by Boone Dupree off a corner kick.

The Bulldogs’ season ends with Thomasville winning its second straight area championship and compiling a 14-4-1 record.

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