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Hood PK's SEB past Savannah Christian
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    BROOKLET — Brittany Hood pounded a penalty kick past Savannah Christian keeper Angela Paulos at the conclusion of the first half, and it was all the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (7-3, 1-3 Area 3 AA/A) needed to get their first area win as they knocked off the Lady Raiders 1-0 Wednesday.
    The PK was awarded to the Jackets after a handball was called in the keeper box as time ran out and the first-half horn sounded.
    “That call really could have gone either way,” said SEB coach Aimee Civalier. “It did hit her hand in the box. Was it intentional or not is the question. He called it, so we kind of got a little bit lucky there, and Brittany had a nice penalty kick and that was the difference in the game.”
    The kick soared past Paulos’ out-stretched hands into the back-left corner of the net and gave Hood her 18th goal of the season.
    The Raiders (2-6, 0-3) were on the attack for much of the game, out-shooting SEB 22-4, but Jacket keeper Kacey Jones recorded 11 saves to help preserve the shutout.
    Savannah Christian came close a number of times. In the sixth minute, Raider forward Kaila Parham narrowly missed a score when she deflected a corner kick off her head that missed wide, and she missed again with the same scenario in minute 62.
    The Jackets also avoided giving up scores when Catherine Sue missed high on a pair of shots. The second missed sneaking over the crossbar by a foot in the 63rd, and the first went high after a last-second jumping save by Jones in the 53rd minute.
    Civalier is pleased with the aggressive play from Jones in recent matches.
    “I’ve been trying to get Kacey to come off the line a little bit more,” Civalier said. “She did that a lot today. She had some great saves and she was more vocal and talkative back there. She had a great game.”
    Southeast Bulloch missed on a scoring attempt in the 31st minute when Ansley Rushing’s shot was smothered by Paulos, who recorded three saves for the Raiders.
    The Jackets are relieved to be back in the playoff hunt after dropping a pair of area games to Savannah Country Day and a road trip to Screven County.
    “It’s big, because we’ve given ourselves an opportunity to go for that second spot,” said Civalier. “We know only two teams are going to the state (tournament). … Savannah Country Day has the first spot locked down, but second place is wide open. Calvary Baptist looks like they’re playing pretty solid, so we’ll see how it goes there, and of course we’ve got another game against Screven County next week.”
    The 3-1 Screven win marked the first time in the program’s young history that it was able to get a victory over the Jackets, and SEB has payback on its mind.
    “We’ve talked about it,” said Civalier. “They were pretty upset with themselves because we came out so flat (against the Gamecocks). They saw that if you’re not on top of your game and prepared to play everybody every time, then somebody like Screven County can beat you.
    “Screven County has got some athletes, and their program’s been getting better and better. Once they scored those couple of goals on us, they just out-hearted us. So yeah, we’ve got Screven County on our mind.”
    The Jackets resume area play today at Metter, before hosting Screven Tuesday for the rematch.

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