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Devils take two from Effingham
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            A three-goal barrage at the end of the first half proved to be more than enough for a win as Statesboro breezed to a 4-2 victory over Effingham County Tuesday night at Womack Field.

            The win was a fitting send-off for seniors Trent Doty, Erick Quiterio, Chris Bowens, Kelly Dessommes, Brett Reichard and Jonathan Gary – all of whom were playing their final regular season home game.       

            “I’m very excited for our seniors,” said Statesboro coach Chad Prosser. “We appreciate all the hard work that they’ve put in over the past four years, so it’s great to send them out on a win.”

            After dominating possession, but being held off the scoreboard, the Blue Devils finally broke through in the 28th minute.

            Ball sent in a high corner kick that found Doty on the back post. Phillip Housand was able to make the save, but the ball rebounded straight to Zack McClendon, who put it in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

            Just 50 seconds later, Adam Purvis sent in a free kick that was again headed by Doty. The ball bounced toward the end line, but was kept alive by Ball.

            After being kicked around for a moment, the ball found Quiterio, who spun and booted it in for a 2-0 advantage.

            With the Rebels reeling, Statesboro struck on another corner in the 35th minute, as another deflection by Housand led to Quiterio’s second goal.

            “Those set plays are what we’ve really focused on,” said Prosser. “We used our height well and were very aggressive. (Effingham) was really bunched up, so we were successful when we were able to get the ball wide and spread them out.”

            Adam Purvis added another goal off of a perfect cross from Jorge San Juan in the 58th minute.

Effingham managed two late goals, but the result was never in doubt as the Devils easily ran off the final minutes for the win.

            “We played well this past weekend and had a solid first half tonight,” said Prosser. “We just want to build off of this and continue to get better.”

            With the win, the Devils secure the No. 3 seed out of Region 2-AAAA. Next week, Statesboro will travel to take on the No. 2 seed out of Region 3-AAAA in the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.


Lady Blue Devils 2, Lady Rebels 1

            Trailing in the second half, the Statesboro girls got two late goals from Taylor Sarrat to notch a 2-1 victory over Effingham County Tuesday evening.

            The win capped a season sweep over Effiingham for the Lady Blue Devils (9-6, 8-4 Region 2-AAAA) and clinched the No. 3 seed in the region.

            With the score tied in the waning minutes, Sarrat gained control near midfield and found Gloria Avalos down the right sideline.

            Avalos launched a perfect cross that landed right on the foot of Tori Thompson. Thompson redirected the pass – forcing Effingham goalkeeper Morgan Smith out of position – and Sarrat sent it home for the game winner.

            The game was tight throughout, and neither side was able to generate a quality scoring opportunity in the first half.

            It was the Lady Rebels who found the scoreboard first.

            In the 52nd minute, Sidnie VanCuran settled under a cross just outside of the Statesboro box and passed to the outside. VanCuran’s pass found Meagan Haines, who buried a shot into the top left corner of the net.

            Statesboro answered in the 57th minute as Taylor Sarrat outraced the Rebel defense to a loose ball in the Effingham box and sent a shot into the left corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

            Five Lady Devils participated in their last regular season game at Womack Field as Mallory Cushnor, Kate Brunson, Hannah Rich, Bradley Wiggins and Alexis Balleck all were able to end on a high note with the win.

            The Devils now wait for their next opponent, as they will hit the road next Tuesday for the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.


            Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.