In the girls contest, the Lady Bulldogs had a couple of chances to score, especially early on as they came out of the gates strong, but they failed to ever find the back of the net.
The girls started out much better than in recent games, Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Sam Noland said. We earned a penalty kick midway through the first half, which would have changed the entire complexion of the game. We missed on that opportunity.
Cedartown also missed an open goal when freshman Nancy Flores missed on a breakway when her chip shot went wide left as the keeper was on the ground.
Cedartown started the second half by giving up a penalty kick and later Villa Rica scored on a header from a corner kick midway through the second half.
We just cannot afford missed opportunites, Noland said. We missed on our two chances and Villa Rica scored on their two.
In the boys contest, the Bulldogs lost in heartbreaking fashion as they controlled the game from the opening whistle.
I thought we stayed in control, Bulldogs Head Coach John Sheffield said. We played an amazing first 40 minutes. The teamwork, our communication and our composure was a joy to watch. Both teams played at a high level.
Cedartown scored midway through the first half when Armando Barrientos crossed the ball to Omar Campos who volleyed the ball into the net.
Our defense was solid the entire first half, Sheffield said. Irvin Bahena and Rury Torres were our leaders in the back and Ollie Perry, Gustavo Escutia, Jorge Jacobo and Miguel Trejo did a great job of marking their men.
Villa Rica tied the game at one on a shot from 18 yards out. Our defense was good on the play, Sheffield said. Their player just hit a great shot.
The second half was a battle that was played tight with both teams having good chances to score. Unfortunately for Cedartown, with one minute and 30 seconds remaining in regulation Villa Rica scored to go ahead 2-1 and win. The Wildcats scored on a long throw in when the ball got kicked around in Cedartowns box and a Villa Rica player emerged free and scored.
It seems it has been that way all season, Sheffield said. It was a great game and we played hard for 80 minutes, but the result was not what we wanted.
The Cedartown soccer teams travel to Tyrone today to face Sandy Creek in a Region 6-AAA game. On Thursday, the Cedartown soccer teams visit Model for a non-region contest. Cedartown will then close out the regular season on April 14 at Coosa.