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 look to finish its season with a home victory over Harris County today.
The Lady Tigers will play their season finale at 5:30 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7:30 p.m.
The LaGrange High soccer teams, meanwhile, were supposed to be at home on Monday against Central-Carroll, but those games were postponed because of rain.
LaGrange’s teams will be on the road against Whitewater on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season at home against Brookstone on April 22.
The Grangers won the Region 5-AAAA championship, and they’ll be at home for a first-round matchup in the state tournament on April 29.
The Lady Grangers completed their region schedule with a 3-4 record, and they won’t make the playoffs.
Callaway’s soccer teams will return from a lengthy break today to take on homestanding Rockmart in Region 4-AAA action.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 in the region, and they’ll finish no worse than tied for first in the region with a win today.
The Lady Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 3-2 in the region, and they’re looking to sew up the region’s number three seed.
On Wednesday, Callaway’s boys’ team will host Forest Park, and both Callaway teams will be at home on Monday against Kendrick in the regular-season finale.
Both Callaway teams have qualified for the state playoffs, and the Cavaliers have a chance to play a first-round game at home.