Dogs, Lady Dogs take Area
Both squads to host home playoff game
By Greg Sullivan
After crushing their region opponents thus far by a combined score of 51-0 this season, and with one more regular season game Wednesday with Greene County remaining, the Bulldog soccer team has now clinched a region title and a home playoff game.
The Dogs will take on Westside on April 24 in Madison at 6 p.m. in the opening round of state competition.
"We're excited to get to the playoffs," said Bulldog head coach Chip Meyer. "And we look forward to our fans coming out."
This past week it was more of what has become the trend of late; the Dogs pummeling region opposition. In their last four games they have outscored region opponents 35-0 to complete a solid week's worth of games.
Against Social Circle on April 8 the Dogs won handily, 7-0, in a road contest. They did so behind two goals from Greg Manzo and Mason York. Also scoring for the Dogs were Jacob Connelly, James Moore and Justin Rivers.
The team defeated GMC 6-0 on Thursday in their second straight shut out.
On Friday they hosted Putnam and posted double digits for the first time this season, beating the War Eagles 10-0. Connelly and Sean Caple each had two goals to lead the team in the win.
The Dogs beat rival Greene County 7-0 on Saturday behind three Connelly goals. Manzo, Dylan Davis, York and Leo Mendoza all scored for the Dogs in the win as well.
The Dogs scored double-digits for the second time in three days on Monday as they handed Social Circle an 11-0 loss. Zach Yost and Sean Caple each had three goals apiece to lead the Dogs in what was a big game for the Dogs offensively and their highest point total of the season.
Girls clinch with Social Circle win:
Any worries that the Lady Dogs soccer team would come out rusty this past week following a week off were silenced by the team's performance on the field.
Four games in six days this week? No problem for the Lady Dogs; make that four wins.
More importantly, the wins and, in particular, Monday's win over Social Circle earned the team an area championship which means for the first time in Lady Dogs' soccer history the team will be hosting a first round state playoff game on Friday, April 25.
"We pulled together as a team and played some really pretty soccer," said Lady Dogs head coach Jessica Ward. "The passing, the talking and the teamwork were key in all the victories."
Last week's run got started with a 3-2 Lady Dogs' win over Social Circle last Tuesday. The team had goals from Taran Schultz, Mandi Smith and Madison Eitneir.
Then two days later the team came out and shut out GMC 6-0. The team again showed a balanced scoring attack. Scoring goals for the Lady Dogs were Malin Dartnell, Smith, Schultz, Eitneir, Hannah Dangerfield and Lindsey Argroves.
On Friday the team beat Putnam in Madison 5-0 for their second straight shut out. Scoring were Smith with two goals, Eitneir with two goals and Andi Dangerfield with one.
In the area clinching win on Monday night the Lady Dogs pulled out another 3-2 win over Social Circle. Scoring were Schultz, Smith and Eitner.