Putnam soccer looks to finish strong

Madelyn Peacock keeps the ball away from a Monticello defender. The Lady War Eagles defeated the Hurricanes 10-0 earlier this season and haven’t let up as they prepare for Baldwin on Friday.  

PHOTO: Contributed by Arella Cash

By Brandon Bush

brandon@msgr.com

 

After taking some time off, the War Eagles and Lady War Eagles soccer teams will move closer to the postseason this week.

After the originally planned senior night Wednesday against Howard was cancelled, Putnam soccer’s new senior night will be held this Friday when it hosts its neighbors from Baldwin High School. The Braves’ visit will be one of Putnam’s final two regular season games of the year, meaning a strong push will set both teams up for a favorable postseason run.

War Eagle assistant coach Mark Silva mentioned several times over the course of the season that the War Eagles’ ultimate goal for the regular season was to win Region 8-AA, setting the War Eagles up for the simplest path to the championship. At 12-1-1 and 5-0 in region, the Putnam boys are doing just that.

Previously, region foe Rabun County was neck-and-neck with Putnam in the region standings. Now sitting at 9-4 and 5-2 in region, it trails Putnam by a decent margin even at its second-place spot, meaning that Silva’s goal for the season may soon be accomplished.

While the Lady War Eagles have been met with tough competition and have battled injuries this season, they are also having a successful season. At 8-5-1 and 4-1 in region, the Putnam girls are hanging on tight to the second-place spot in Region 8-AA with Oglethorpe County right behind them, also sporting a 4-1 region record.

Both teams host the Baldwin Braves on Friday, where seniors from both teams will be honored for their successful careers at Putnam County. The regular season will end Tuesday in the anticipated clash between Putnam and Rabun.

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