After having a four-game win streak snapped by Wayne County Tuesday, Southeast Bulloch bounced back with a 5-0 win over East Laurens High School.
The Yellow Jackets dominated time of possession, resulting in four goals in the second half.
“This is what I want pretty much every single game, but we kind of lacked that attacking instinct a little bit. Eventually we ended up finding strikers,” SEB soccer coach Davis Williford said. “Overall I’m happy with the performance.”
In the first half, SEB’s Danny Healy scored at the 37:38 mark on a pass from Andrew Kalaani to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead. Despite the early goal, SEB couldn’t seem to finish scoring opportunities.
The Falcons defense played back the entire game, with seven to eight defenders at a time.
“We were in and out of formation in the first half so I gave them some instructions and we had to tighten up,” Williford said.
The adjustments seemed to work for SEB. Evan Heidler scored on a header from yet another Kalaani pass just two minutes into the second half.
Ten minutes later, Caleb Carter would join in on the scoring frenzy at the 24:18 mark to put the Yellow Jackets on top 3-0.
Kalanni got his third assist of the game when he found an open C.J. Edwards for another score.
L.A. Anderson topped off the night with a solo goal late in the second half.
Southeast Bulloch (7-2, 6-0 Region 1-AAA) prevented the Falcons from getting any consistency on offense.
“We definitely move the ball around really well. In the beginning we took too many touches trying to move it around but now we have our one touches and two touches down,” Williford said.
Lady Jackets 1, Lady Falcons 0
At the beginning of the season, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch made a list of all the losses they needed to avenge from last year.
On Thursday against East Laurens High School, the Lady Yellow Jackets crossed another team off the list by defeating the Lady Falcons 1-0.
Cole Robertson scored the lone goal in the game for SEB.
“They beat us 6-0 last year,” SEB soccer coach Kristen Barnhill said. “We’ve listed the payback games on the board trying to see who we need to get back and now we have two down and three or four left to go.”
Defensively, SEB limited the scoring chances for the Lady Falcons. Goalkeeper Makayla James had several key stops for Southeast Bulloch to preserve the shutout.
“We’ve been working on it awhile to beat quality teams like this that beat us last year,” James said after the team’s 1-0 victory. “Our defense was working a lot together and we were making a lot more effort to communicate and work as a team.”
Lady Falcons’ Hannah Theriault drew a double-team from the Yellow Jackets’ defense. Coach Barnhill said she’s been pleased with the way her team is playing down the final stretch of the season.
“It’s very rewarding. I’m proud of these kids. They listen, they work hard and that’s all I can ask them to do,” Barnhill said.
Southeast Bulloch will face Toombs County at home Tuesday in region competition. Game time for the Lady Yellow Jackets is 5 p.m.