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Meridian drops pair in soccer invitational

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
Oct. 3, 2004
Meridian Community College's men's soccer team started Saturday's match strong, but the Young Harris College Mountain Lions finished stronger.
Young Harris (4-5) scored a 7-1 victory over MCC (6-5) in the sixth match of the Rush Invitational Classic.
"We came out strong in the first 10 minutes, and then (Young Harris) knocked off a couple goals and it kind of took the air out of us," said Eagles soccer coach Alex George, whose team scored the game's first goal in the second minute.
In other invitational games on Saturday, the MCC Lady Eagles fell 3-1 to Shelton State; Hinds Community College' s women's team defeated Bossier Parish 5-1; and Hinds' men's squad defeated Wallace Hanceville 5-3.
On Friday, Hinds' women's team defeated Shelton State 4-1; Young Harris' men's squad topped Hinds 2-1; and Wallace Hanceville's men's team defeated Pearl River 6-0.
Young Harris (men) 7
MCC 1
Eagles midfielder Traye Torrance dribbled through Young Harris' defense from the right wing and rocketed a shot into the left corner of the net to give MCC a 1-0 lead at the 2-minute mark.
Young Harris did not stay down, as Clevon George tied the score with a goal from about 30 yards out at the 8-minute mark.
Mountain Lions midfielder Rolando Vazquez gave his team the lead for good in the 17th minute, scoring off a crossing pass with a half volley. Young Harris took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Vazquez struck for his second goal of the game three minutes into the second half, burying a shot for a 3-1 lead.
Vazquez completed his natural hat trick, three straight goals, curling a shot inside the left goal post at the 53-minute mark for a 4-1 advantage.
George knocked in his second goal of the game in the 65th minute for a 5-1 lead, and Young Harris' Chris Davis and Mark Grossman each scored a goal in the game's final 10 minutes.
Shelton (women) 3
MCC 1
A lengthy halftime speech from George jump started the MCC women's team, after a sluggish first half.
Though Shelton State (7-3) scored a goal 10 minutes into the second half, MCC (6-5) was able to control the ball and create offensive chances in the game's final 45 minutes.
Eagles stopper Melissa Davis tallied her first goal of the year at the 72-minute mark to cap the match's scoring.
"In the first half, we were a little lethargic, and they popped off a couple of goals," George said. "We got a good goal (in the second half). I think the momentum of the second half was our way."
Shelton State's Ellen Campbell and Erica Glidewell each tallied goals off cornerkicks in the first half, and Krista McMillan tallied the Buccaneers final goal in the second half.
MCC goal keeper Viveca Pavon kept her team within two goals with some strong, diving saves.

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