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Thomson High soccer teams roll along

Thomson High School's soccer teams are in the middle of a full week without a game, and Girls' Coach Ben Davall couldn't be happier.

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Thomson's Andrew Hamilton takes a shot.

Even though his team is 6-1 and 3-1 in the region, it was time for a breather, he said. The next three games for Thomson are each spaced a week apart.

"With so little experience, I am looking forward to the time to practice and get better," Coach Davall said. "Our team is not as skilled as the top teams in the area, but I don't think anyone out works us."

Thomson's girls showed their mettle last week, with a 2-0 blanking of Hephzibah and a 3-2 shootout win over the Academy of Richmond County.

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Shaquisha Hordens heads the ball.

"I was happy for (the team)," Coach Davall said of the ARC win.

And this year's success makes the future seem bright, Coach Davall said.

"Hopefully in the next couple of years we can close the gap in the areas that we are deficient," he said.

Meanwhile, Thomson's boys were plagued by mental lapses last week.

For example, Thomson led Hephzibah for most of the game, but allowed three straight unanswered goals in the second half.

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Thomson's Kennedy Cowart chases down the ball against Hephzibah.

"We let down for about 10 minutes in the second half and let them score three, which made it 3 to 1," said Coach Barry Arrington. "We missed a number of easy goals that we need to be making. Other than that 10 minutes, I feel we dominated the game."

Coach Arrington credited Jonny Weischedel and Stuart Strouble with outstanding play on defense.


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Thomson High School's Casey Brooks battles a Hephzibah player for the ball last Friday. The Lady Dogs have started the season with a 6-1 record after Tuesday night's 7-3 loss to Harlem.




Web posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006













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