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Screven shocks Southeast in soccer

    SYLVANIA — For the first time in the program’s young history, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks beat the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (4-2, 0-2 Area 3-AA/A). Despite just 10 shot attempts, the Gamecocks got a 3-1 win in a rain-soaked home contest Tuesday.
    “That’s the first time we’ve beaten them in five years,” said SCHS coach Terry Markovcic. “That’s kind of a monkey off our back. (They are) one of the teams we always struggle with. We finally beat a team we felt like we should be able to compete with, but never have been able to compete. We finally got a win out of them.”
    It was all Southeast in the beginning, as the Jackets out-shot Screven 13-2 in the first half, but two shots was all the Gamecocks (4-1, 1-1) needed to take a 2-1 halftime lead.
    Screven finally got the ball away from the SEB offense after the Jackets started the game in control, holding the ball with their offensive attack and attempting nine shots in the first 18 minutes.
     When the Gamecock offense finally took over, freshmen Rochelle Schuman pushed its first shot into the goal in the 19th minute to break the 0-0 tie. Just 2:13 later, Haley Iten snuck one past Jacket keeper Kacey Jones to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead.
    The two goals were the only shot attempts of the half for Screven.
    “We were taking high-percentage shots,” laughed Markovcic. “When you’re 2-for-2 — high-percentage shots.”
    Southeast leading scorer Brittany Hood cut the SCHS lead in half in the 32nd minute when she punched the 11th Jacket shot attempt into the back of the net, leaving Screven with a 2-1 advantage at the break.
    Southeast Bulloch came out aggressively again in the second. After Screven scoring attempts by Hannah Thomas, Morgan Boswell, and Schuman, the Jackets retook control, attempting 13 shots over the next 20 minutes. The closest SEB came to evening the score was another Hood attempt in the 57th minute that sailed just over the crossbar.
    “We dodged some bullets,” Markovcic said. “They’ve got a good team. I give my hat off to (SEB coach Aimee) Civalier. She does a great job with her team — every year they’re well prepared. They had some shots that I thought were going in, but luckily, they missed.”
    Screven sealed the deal in the 79th minute.
    With 10:48 left in the contest, Hood was sidelined with a yellow card. The Gamecocks took advantage, attacking the SEB goal with three-straight shots before Iten was able to punch in a rebound off the top of the crossbar for her second goal to put SCHS up 3-1.
    Screven keeper Christi Boston finished the game with eight saves. She was kept busy, as SEB finished as aggressively as it started, out-shooting the Gamecocks 28-10 on the evening.
    SCHS started eight underclassmen in the win.
    “We had eight freshmen and sophomores starting, said Markovcic. “That’s one bright point — we’ve got them for the next two to three years. I never subbed for any (of them), so they were out there for 80 minutes worth.”
    The Jackets return to action Thursday when they travel to area rival Calvary at 7 p.m.
    Screven resumes area play at Savannah Country Day Thursday, before heading to East Laurens to make up a rained-out game on Friday.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9404. 

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