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Thomson Bulldogs fall 4-2 to Liberty County

The Liberty County High Panthers scored three goals in the second half to down the Thomson Bulldogs 4-2 in soccer play at The Brickyard in Thomson last Friday night.

It marked the first home appearance for Thomson in their last five games.

The Panthers, who are 11-2 on the season, went up 1-0 on a goal by Wesley Causer with 22:13 left in first half action.

About three minutes later, Thomson's Jay Bieltz chased down a loose ball and attempted a shot at the goal that was saved by the Panthers' goalie.

Defensively, the Bulldogs of Head Coach Barry Arrington never let up in their aggressive play during the first half. Several players turned in exceptional plays during the first 40 minutes of the rainy game. They included: Mat Neal, Marc Ricketson, Bieltz, Marquis Cook, Cullen Wallace, Ronny Gant, Justin Bettross, Dalton Herrington and Daniel Payson.

Just before halftime, Thomson senior goalie Michael Thompson made an exceptional save on an attempted penalty kick by a Panthers' player.

Thomson's Pop Chambliss attempted a shot at a goal that would have tied the game about eight minutes into the second half. But the ball sailed high.

With 28:51 left in the first half, Ricketson made one of the finest defensive plays of the game, managing to block a ball near the goal with his back. It allowed the Bulldogs to gain control of the ball again, offensively. Bieltz later dribbled downfield and scored Thomson's first goal at the 21:48 mark, which tied the game, 1-1.

Less than a minute later, Chambliss missed back-to-back corner kicks - the ball sailing high over the goal each time.

Liberty County's Cody Folker then became a big factor in the game, scoring a goal that put the Panthers back up 2-1 with just over 15 minutes left. His first attempt at the goal was deflected off Thompson, who was set up perfect to make the play at the goal. However, as the ball bounced onto the open field, Folker was there to boot it again.

Just 20 seconds later, Folker managed to score another goal for the Panthers that gave Liberty County a 3-1 lead.

Bieltz came storming back downfield and scored the Bulldogs second and what turned out to be their last goal of the game, making it a 3-2 game. Liberty County's Adrien Vakerics sealed Thomson's fate with an insurance goal with 3:11 left in the game.

Web posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009

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