Jay Bieltz was the only bright spot to an otherwise dismal weekend of soccer at Thomson High School.
The 18-year-old Bieltz, a senior, became the all-time leading scorer in soccer, as he kicked three goals against Liberty County in a losing effort. The Bulldogs lost the game to the visiting Panthers by a score of 5-4.
That loss, combined with an 8-0 loss at the hands of Richmond Hill on the road last Friday night, dropped the Bulldogs to a 0-2 record in Region 3-AAA play.
Going into the game against Liberty County, Bieltz needed two goals to tie the scoring record of 80 goals and a third one to eclipse the record.
Despite becoming the all-time leading scorer at Thomson High, Bieltz was disappointed by another loss.
"It feels pretty good, aside from losing," Bieltz remarked after the game. "We've just got to get better. Everybody has got to learn to work together."
Bieltz put the Bulldogs up 1-0 when he scored the first of his three goals with 37:45 remaining in first half action. He scored his second goal of the game with 30:38 left to give Thomson a 2-0 lead. That particular goal tied the all-time scoring record set several years ago.
The Panthers later got on the scoreboard to make it a 2-1 game before Thomson's George Rosales scored a goal. Bieltz assisted on the goal, which came with 14:40 to play before halftime. It gave increased the Bulldogs' lead to 3-1.
Before the half could draw to a close, Liberty County's Panthers were able to score a pair of unanswered goals that tied the game 3-3. The tying goal came with just five seconds left before halftime.
Less than 3 minutes into the second half, the Panthers claimed the lead for the first time, making it a 4-3 game. It marked their third unanswered goal.
Bieltz later kicked his third goal -- the one that made him the all-time leading scorer. He now has 81 goals with several more games to be played this season. At the end of the game, Bieltz was presented a game ball by Thomson head coach Jimmy Dominquez.
The coach talked to his players after the game.
"Nobody likes losing; I don't like losing and you don't like losing," coach Dominquez told his players. "We're going to change this. We need hard work and we need to control our minds. This is not the end."