The Gilmer High School soccer contingent traveled to Blue Ridge Monday, for a pair of friendly scrimmages at Fannin County High School.
With 30-minute halves and shortened fields in place, the Lady Rebels bested the Lady Cats 3-2 and the Rebels defeated the Bobcats 4-1.
Fannin girls triumph
In a nine-on-nine scrimmage, own goals doomed the Lady Cats. A stalemate was broken with 8:57 left in the first half, when an attempt to defend a corner kick resulted in the ball sneaking across the goal line to give Fannin a 1-0 advantage.
Gilmer replied with 4:29 left in the first half, as Sabrina Zagarola punched the ball into the net. However, Fannin again benefited from a Lady Cats own goal with 34 seconds left on the clock, resulting in a 2-1 Lady Rebels halftime advantage.
Lady Cat Elsa Francisco helped tie the match again late in the second half, punting the ball in from 20 yards out with 3:45 left in the match. However, Lady Rebel Ella Senoff had other plans for the outcome, as she got a shot across the goal line 58 seconds later to put Fannin ahead 3-2.
Gilmer failed to reply again before the contest ended, awarding the Lady Rebels with the victory.
Fannin goalkeeper Sydney Jones recorded five first-half saves, while Annalee Cioffi had four in the second half. Tori Jack stayed in goal for Gilmer throughout the entire affair, recording nine total saves.
Rebels defeat Bobcats
Bryan Carranza gave the Rebels a 2-0 first half advantage, scoring goals at the 29-minute and 10-minute marks. The Bobcats cut the gap down to 2-1 with five minutes left in the half, after Coady Cobb connected with a shot into the goal. Brandon Carranza then widened the Fannin advantage back to two with less than a minute left in the first half.
The Rebels added another goal for good measure in the second half, when Paul Tipton used a Gavin Mervine corner kick to punch the ball into the net and extend the Fannin lead to 4-1. Gilmer was unable to generate a response, giving the Rebels the victory.
Austin Bennett picked up six saves for Fannin at goalkeeper. Meanwhile, three Bobcats manned the goal for Gilmer. Cobb recorded three saves, Nick Chmiel had five and Javier Landaverde nabbed three.
Gilmer and Fannin will clash again in Blue Ridge next Thursday at 6 p.m.
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