MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County soccer teams took a two-day trip to the Atlanta area this weekend looking to play some strong, experienced teams.
The Packers and Lady Packers got some difficult competition, but did not bring any victories back to Moultrie.
The Lady Packers fell at Dacula 4-0 on Friday and lost 3-2 to Mountain View in Lawrenceville on Saturday.
The Colquitt boys also were blanked by Dacula 3-0 and fell 4-2 to Mountain View’s Bears.
Both schools are Class AAAAA programs.
“We had a rough weekend,” Lady Packers coach Jimbo Jarvis. “But we came here to play well and we did. The scores don’t reflect how we played.
“There were some balls that bounced poorly for us in front of the goals. But we learned some things. And we feel like we can play with those teams.”
The Lady Packers played well during the first half against Dacula, but couldn’t stay with their hosts in second.
In the game against Mountain View on Saturday, the Lady Packers were down 3-0 late in the first half, when they moved defensive stalwart Lauren Kelshaw to the front line and she responded with a second-half goal, her first of the season.
Meagan May also scored a second-half goal for the Lady Packers, her 12th of the season.
Jarvis stated the Lady Packers missed three other shots by inches in the first half.
Kelshaw will be back up front when the Lady Packers return to the region part of their schedule on Tuesday at Valdosta.
The Colquitt County girls are now 3-5 overall and 2-2 on the region.
Jarvis stated he has changed the team’s formation and will go with a 4-4-2 against the Lady Cats.
He stated Jaycee Lott moved the back line on Saturday and did a fine job.
Jarvis stated he hoped the changes will help enable his team to make a run for a playoff berth during the final four region games left in the season.
The two losses on the road trip also drop the Colquitt County boys record to 3-5.
The Packers are 1-3 as they start their second tour through the region part of their schedule at Valdosta on Tuesday.
The Packers lone region victory came over the Wildcats on Feb. 28.
The Colquitt County teams also will play a pair of non-region matches on Friday when Warner Robins visits Packer Park.
The teams will continue their quest for playoff berths on Tuesday, March 27, when they play host to Tift County.
Tift swept Colquitt County in Tifton on March 6 with the boys winning 3-2 on a late goal and the girls winning in the 12th round of penalty kicks.
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