Gilmer Soccer Garners Late Season Victories

GHS Soccer, Team FYN Sports

Both Gilmer High School soccer teams looking to end the season on a high note.

As a road-heavy season draws to a close this week, both the Lady Cats and Bobcats have enjoyed some recent success in both non-region and region play.

On March 29, Gilmer traveled to Morris Innovative in Dalton. Against the upstart school, the Lady Cats garnered a 9-0 victory, while the Bobcats picked up a 4-0 win.

In the girls match, Autumn Durham secured a hat trick in the score column. Kate Schiesser punched in two goals, with Elsa Francisco, Chayce Durden, Candy Bautista and Grace Henderson adding one goal each.

The boys match saw Rodrigo Casas score two goals, while Arutro Bernabe and Toni Murillo contributed one goal each.

Following spring break, GHS resumed play last Tuesday, in a non-region match at Fannin. The Lady Cats fell 3-0, while the Bobcats dropped their match to the Rebels 3-1. Caleb Tinajero scored the only Gilmer goal of the night.

More non-region action awaited Gilmer last Thursday at Christian Heritage in Dalton. Both the Lady Cats and Bobcats secured more success against Whitfield County schools, as the Lady Cats won 5-1 and the Bobcats garnered a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Lions.

Lady Cat Elsa Francisco dribbles the ball past the Christian Heritage defense last Thursday. Francisco scored two goals against the Lady Lions, en route to a 5-1 Gilmer victory. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Lady Cat Elsa Francisco dribbles the ball amidst the Christian Heritage defense last Thursday. Francisco scored two goals against the Lady Lions, en route to a 5-1 Gilmer victory. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The girls match started off on the wrong foot for Christian Heritage, as the Lady Lions scored an own goal to put Gilmer ahead 1-0 with 27:10 left in the first half. Francisco put the Lady Cats ahead 2-0 with a goal at the 23:20 mark, while Rosio Landaverde added a shot into the net at the 15:25 mark. Francisco then promptly gave GHS a 4-0 lead that they held until halftime by adding her second goal of the night with 13:40 left on the clock.

Christian Heritage finally got on the scoreboard with a goal 90 seconds into the second half. Bautista waited until 1:47 remained in the game to add her name to the scoreline, giving Gilmer a 5-1 win.

Gilmer starting goalkeeper Briana McClure recorded seven saves in the first half, while Tylea Hernandez nabbed nine saves in the second half.

In the boys match, Bernabe got the lone first half goal with a punch across the goal line with 15:20 left. The second half saw the Lions tie the match 1-1, on a goal with 35:06 left on the clock. After a bevy of Gilmer shots failed to get past the Christian Heritage goalkeeper, Jon Bremm finally snuck a shot into the net with 7:15 left in regulation to put the Bobcats back out front 2-1. The Lions were unable to respond in kind, giving Gilmer the victory.

Gilmer goalkeeper Ben Jones only needed two saves in the first half, while Dillan Ledford secured three in the second half.

GHS concluded the week with a region match last Friday night at Lafayette. The Lady Cats secured their first region win of the year, with a 3-1 win. Meanwhile, the Bobcats picked up a 1-0 victory.

The girls match saw the Lady Ramblers get ahead with an early goal, before Sabrina Zagarola broke free and shot the ball into the net to tie the match 1-1. Durham gave the Lady Cats the lead in the second half on a free kick, before Grace Henderson added some insurance that secured the 3-1 victory.

Parker Benitez timed a Lafayette deflection just right in the second half of the boys match, to put the Bobcats out front 1-0. The Ramblers failed to answer the goal, giving Gilmer the 1-0 win.

Following the matches, the Lady Cats have a 5-11 record (1-5 in region play), while the Bobcats now sit at 6-9-1 (2-4 in region play).

Gilmer finishes the season tomorrow, as Ridgeland comes to Clear Creek Middle School for region action on senior night. The Lady Cats get underway at 5 p.m., with senior night to follow before the Bobcats take the field.


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