Senior Carmin Dowdy did all the scoring for the Lady Raiders with two long, second half goals in a 5-2 loss against Flowery Branch in a scrimmage game Thursday, Feb. 6.
Habersham Central High School’s varsity soccer teams began their seasons Feb. 6 by splitting scrimmage games with Flowery Branch.
The Lady Falcons jumped out to a quick start with a 2-0 lead over the Lady Raiders at halftime on the way to a 5-2 victory.
In the second half, senior Carmin Dowdy took less than six minutes to get Habersham on the board with a blast from about 35 yards out, over the head of the goalie in the left side of the goal.
Just under six-and-a-half minutes later, Dowdy struck for the second time from outside the box. This time just inside the 30-yard mark, Dowdy brought the game back even.
The Lady Falcons would push their way out front with three goals in the second half with the final goal coming with just 6:58 left on the clock in regulation.
“We’re excited the way our freshman are playing,” said Head Coach Melissa Carroll. “They were a big part of the program as eighth graders and now that they’re actually in the high school, we’re able to put them on the varsity team. Carmin Dowdy played excellent tonight. She scored two really long bombs that really put our team back in.
“We were able to connect on passes and pass through our triangle middle that we have set up this year as our big emphasis,” Carroll continued. “We used all of the field, which is excellent. We are running balls on the left and the right side and we can’t wait to see our next game.”
In the boys’ game, the Raiders pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Falcons.
All of the scoring in this game came in the first half, with Flowery Branch striking first.
The Falcons scored from inside the box just five minutes in, but would not see the net again in the match.
The Raiders would not be held out long, as senior Francisco Sanchez scored 50 seconds later from outside the penalty box.
A few minutes later, junior Jonathan Zavala added a second goal for the Raiders to put the home team on top.
Junior Armando Pascual joined in the scoring and put one in the net with 8:31 left in the half.
“I think tonight was just about seeing if we could do the things we worked on at practice and looking at personnel,” said Head Coach Ric Wallace. “We were looking at guys who have been training, who’re ready to step up and play in certain positions and earn a spot, getting big time minutes in the region that we’re in. There were a lot of good players, good things we saw tonight. Our attack, we’ve been working on a lot, and you could see how well we were able to move; move the ball around and move the defense. By doing these sort of things, defensively, we’ve got some things we’ve got to work on and get better as we try to figure out who will play on the back line for us.”
The varsity squads were slated to host Oconee County Tuesday night but the cancellation of school put those plans on hold.
The boys will play host to North Oconee at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.