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Strong effort falls short for Chestatee boys soccer in 2-1 loss

POSTED: May 8, 2012 10:45 p.m.

It was a high-intensity effort for the Chestatee boys soccer team. Unfortunately for the War Eagles, their opponent came out equally prepared.

The War Eagles season came to an end on Tuesday in Gainesville with a 2-1 loss against Mary Persons in the second round of the state playoffs.

“We outshot them, outpassed them, outpossessed them, out played them,” Chestatee coach Michael Herrin said.

“But when it came down to it, they put one more in than we did.”

Chestatee got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead when Marco Rebollar was fouled in the penalty box just 10 minutes into the game. He score the War Eagles’ only goal of the match on the resulting penalty kick.

The Bulldogs evened the match just six minutes later.

They had a free kick at the 16-minute mark resulting in a chaotic scramble in front of the goal. With the War Eagles unable to clear the ball, Mary Persons senior Jacob Haygood capitalized on the opportunity to tie the game at 1-1 before the first half.

Chestatee came back from the break with high pressure, taking multiple shots on goal.

Christian Felix and Jeremy Gross attacked the Mary Persons defense, nearly scoring goals when both hit the goalpost.

Whereas Chestatee was unable to capitalize on its opportunities, however, Bulldog junior Jacob Smith slipped by the Chestatee defense to score a breakaway goal with under 15 minutes left in the game.

The War Eagles continued to pressure Mary Persons, but it was not enough to get the needed equalizer.

Chestatee came into the second half dominating their opponent.

“I thought we played very, very well the second half.” Herrin said. “We took control of the game.”

The War Eagles outshot their opponent, recording 34 shots on goal.

“Tonight the difference was finishing,” Herrin said, “and their keeper kept them alive.”

With the loss, Chestatee’s season is now complete. It will lose six graduating seniors this year.

“They gave 100 percent, they pushed up in the end and tried to make things happen,” Herrin said. “I’m proud of them.”

The War Eagles played four freshmen at one point in the game. Despite losing a significant amount of players, Herrin looks forward to the 2013 season.

“I am very encouraged by what we have coming back,” Herrin said. “I look forward to seeing what we do next year.”


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