Troup wins first match under Shealy in scrimmage against Callaway

Published 10:17 pm Thursday, February 1, 2024

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Troup boys soccer kicked off a new era with a bang on Thursday as they traveled across the county for a scrimmage and dominantly beat Callaway 5-0. Despite it being just a scrimmage it was the first game for the Tigers under first-year coach Braden Shealy. 

“I’m really proud of the way the guys played and I’m really excited about what we have moving forward,” Shealy said. “This gives us something to build off of.”

The Tigers put the gauntlet down early, scoring two goals in the first half to get some separation between themselves and the Cavaliers. 

“We had a little freshman named Bryson Tomlinson and it was his first time playing and even putting on the Troup uniform and scored our first goal to start,” Shealy said. 

Despite a pretty dominant display, Shealy still saw a ton of room for improvement from his players as they adjust and find their legs at the start of the season.

“We have a lot of negatives to work on coming out of this game, but a lot of positives too,” Healy said. “We have to learn and grow from this and this should be the worst we play all season.”

The second half was an even more clinical display for the Tigers.

“We are all about being aggressive and I told the guys at halftime that we need to take better shots,” Shealy said. “We finally started to get some crosses in during the second half and scored off one too.”

Troup will kick off its season at home next Thursday against Hardaway. Callaway will travel to take on Creekside in its season opener on the same day.