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Jackets down Toombs

    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (2-1-1) took on Toombs County (1-1-1) on Thursday night, and the strength of SEB was enough to overcome the team speed of the visiting Lady Bulldogs, as SEB won 2-0.
    Both teams seemed to start out on the defensive, and the Lady Yellow Jackets came out slow after some time off for winter break.
    “We took a couple of days off for break, and I think we took one too many days off,” said SEB coach Aimee Civalier. “They did a good job offensively, but I would liked to have seen us finish the ball a little bit better. We had a lot of shots-on-goal…but we need to work on finishing.”
    The scoring opportunities for Toombs County were few and far between as Southeast Bulloch was able to stay on the offensive for most of the rest of the game. Although it only attempted two shots in the first half, Toombs County was able to slow SEB standout Morgan Jones and hold the Lady Yellow Jackets to only one first-half goal.
    “We have a lot of young players having to step up right now,” said Toombs County coach Jeremy Moore. “They’re doing a good job. I told them that No. 15 (Jones) is a great player for Southeast. We had to mark up on her pretty tight and we did a pretty good job of containing her.”
    Lady Yellow Jacket Christina Finnegan passed the ball to speedy teammate Sarah Keen who put it in the net for SEB’s only score in the first half.
    Jones got a few shots off in the first half, and while the Lady Jackets outshot Toombs County 9-2 in the first, the Lady Bulldogs entered the locker room at halftime trailing only by one.
    With Jones being heavily covered in the second half, the window was opened for Lady Yellow Jackets Keen, Finnegan, Cassie Bray and DeAnn Lewis to take some shots-on-goal. The Lady Bulldogs were able to slow the SEB attack at first, but that all changed when Jones was awarded a free kick in the fourth minute of the second half. With the wind at her back, Jones set up from deep outside the keeper box and fired a shot over the heads of the defense and into the net, giving Southeast Bulloch a 2-0 lead.
    “In the first half, they had the wind with them,” said Civalier. “So there were a couple of times where we didn’t judge the ball too well on the bounce. We obviously had it in the second half, so the wind was a little bit of a factor.”
    Lady Yellow Jacket keeper Kacey Jones had a slow day in front of the net — Toombs County was only able to manage three shots on the night  — and she was able to record her second shutout of the season.         The only scare of the evening occurred when Lady Bulldog Brenda Vera broke free and fired a shot towards the goal early in the second half, but Jones was waiting and made a tough play for the save.
    After the save, Jones — with the aid of the wind — punted the ball far past the midfield line to sister Morgan, and the ball would stay on that side of the field for most of the remainder of the game.
    The Lady Yellow Jackets outshot the Lady Bulldogs 20-3 in the contest and hope to stay that aggressive heading into the rest of the season. Southeast Bulloch will host Metter on Tuesday at 5 p.m. followed by a boy’s game at 7 p.m.

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