Veterans High’s boys had hoped to follow the lead of the Lady Warhawks. That vision, however, was to see them advance Tuesday to the next round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state soccer playoffs and to duplicate that performance on Wednesday when they hosted McIntosh on Freedom Field.
Instead, they fell by the same score as the girls, 2-1 (see their story here on our website), and were eliminated from the field.
Robert Benge had seven shots against him in goal. He fended off five. One got by in the first half to make it 1-0 – where it stood at the break. The second came in the second and made it 2-0 before Max Franklin’s goal cut it in half – made it the final. Josiah Glenn had two shots on goal, Andrew Watts and DeAngelo Howell one each – all to no avail.
Veterans still finished its season a more-than-respectable 16-4.
They also weren’t the only ones to get knocked out of contention. Perry fell to Druid Hills, but it took a shootout to decide the match.
The Panthers led 1-0 at the half. The Red Devils tied it in the second. Both went scoreless in the first overtime period and both netted one in the second overtime period. They then lined up one-on-one with the keeper, with Druid Hills – the host being the No. 1 seed – getting the edge 3-1.
Perry finished its year at 13-5-1.
Also, after pulling off an upset of South Effingham a week prior, Warner Robins was unable to duplicate that feat against Union Grove, the Region 4 No. 1 seed. It beat the Demonettes 10-0.
Consequently, they finished their year at 12-5-2.