MILLEDGEVILLE — Taking the field against quality teams, Georgia Military Prep School boys’ and girls’ soccer dropped home matches to First Presbyterian Day School on Tuesday at the Baldwin County Recreation Department soccer complex.
Battling the first half to keep the score at nil, the boy’s team relinquished its tie ball game when the Vikings scored five unanswered goals in the second half of play to win 5-0 over GMC Prep.
“I truly believe after talking with Coach Bobby [Jaworski], that they just got tired,” head coach Linda Brown said.
In most of the games played this season, the Bulldogs have managed to play with their competition for one half, but fatigue sets in and their opponent generally pulls ahead in the later stages of the game.
Boys assistant coach Bobby Jaworski specifically emphasized that the team keep the intensity high against the Vikings, but it was to no avail as the No. 4 ranked FPD squad charged ahead to win with all of their goals coming in the second forty-minute segment of play.
“In some ways we came out a little flat-footed, but those guys aren’t number four for no reason,” Jaworski said. “They took it to us.”
Even though the win slipped right through the Bulldogs’ paws, Jaworski is still pleased with the level of play early on in the game.
“Honestly, we played right there with them the first half,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep that up in the second half.”
Now 0-8 on the season, head coach Brown admits she knew this year would be a struggle for the boy’s team after losing key seniors last year, but believes this year’s group has improved in every contest.
“Yes, we’re disappointed the boys haven’t won a game,” she said, “but up to this point, every game has been an improvement and fairly close.”
GMC Prep’s girls began in a similar fashion in their matchup, as they played the opening five minutes aggressively, but were immediately thrown off their rhythm when the Lady Vikings took control, ultimately leading to a 9-0 loss for the home team.
“Basically, it was a lesson learned for our girls, and that’s what I told them,” Brown said. “We want to emulate them.
“I hope they watched and took notice of a lot of things,” she added.
While the Lady Bulldogs were unable to fire off any shots in Tuesday’s game, the team’s goalkeeper, Becky Vaughn, deflected many FPD shots on goal, despite the high score.
“I know Becky had an incredible number of stops,” Brown said. “She took the brunt for the team.”
With the loss the girls now move to 3-5 on the season. Both squads look to make a statement on Friday when they travel to Eatonton to take on Putnam County.