The Troup Tigers put a scare into the rival LaGrange Grangers in the first half Friday night.
Through the first 40 minutes, neither team scored, and they headed to their respective locker rooms with the game deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half didn’t go quite as well for the Tigers.
The Grangers got a couple of early goals in the second half, and they went on to claim a 3-0 victory.
It was a disappointing loss for the Tigers, but it was still a second straight solid effort against an elite opponent.
Earlier in the week, Troup hung tough with a strong Columbus team and lost 3-0.
It has been a rebuilding season for the Tigers, who won just one region game and were eliminated from playoff contention awhile ago.
But head coach Peter Anderson believes the team has made major strides, and that the future is bright.
“Last year, we graduated I want to say 11 or 12 seniors,” Anderson said. “So this year, we spent most of the year kind of wondering in the woods finding ourselves. And we played good the last couple of games. I have to give credit to the kids working hard.”
Anderson added that “when you look out on the field as far as class, we had a few seniors out there, but the majority of the team are sophomores, and we had a lot of freshman as well.”
As for Friday’s game, Anderson knew how tough it would be, especially considering how stingy LaGrange has been on defense this season.
LaGrange allowed just one goal in seven region games.
“We were hoping to sneak one in,” Anderson said.
Troup will be at home against Harris County on Tuesday.