By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
The Glynn Academy and Brunswick High soccer squads were set to square off this week for the second time this season.
Of course, the teams at the rival schools have been sidelined since last Friday as schools across the state are shut down for health and safety precautions as our country combats the coronavirus.
The teams also don’t know when, or even if, they will be able to return to the field to close out the 2020 season.
Time will tell what will happen, but today GCS Athletics offers this look at the GA boys and girls and also the BHS boys and girls and how their seasons were shaping up until they were ordered off the fields.
Glynn Academy boys
The Red Terrors were in the midst of a strong season as they owned an 8-0-1 overall record that included a 3-0 mark in Region 2-AAAAAA.
Glynn’s last outing was an 8-0 blanking of region foe Bradwell Institute on March 10 which came on the heels of a 1-0 victory over always-strong St. Pius the previous week.
“I’m really proud of the team,” said longtime GA coach Bobby Brockman. “We’re actually doing better than I thought we would. What’s surprised me is how many goals we have scored.
“The game we tied, we scored two goals. Our other games, we’ve scored a minimum of four. We’ve won our region games 26-0.”
The Terrors finished in a 2-2 deadlock with Lakeside. Their closest win was their narrow victory over St. Pius.
In region action, Glynn has beaten Effingham and Bradwell by 8-0 scores and defeated the Pirates by a 10-0 tally.
GA’s roster features 11 seniors.
“It’s been a lot of fun. The guys just have good chemistry,” Brockman said.
During the season, Glynn lost Joel Preston and Lucas Acevedo to injuries which required some lineup changes and forced younger players into bigger roles.
The Terrors’ top offensive threat is senior Grey Sasser who leads the team in goals scored and assists.
“He’s had some big goals. He had an incredible one against St. Pius,” Brockman said.
Glynn’s midfield is anchored by senior Chase Gabriel who was a standout kicker and punter for the GA football team.
A strong backline for the Terrors features senior Gage Carrillo who can also score. He has connected for goals in all three region games.
“He’s the best defender in the region, in my opinion,” says Brockman.
Glynn’s goal keeper is junior Bennett Colbert who is starting for the second straight year.
“He hasn’t allowed a goal in a region game, and he’s been pretty strong in our other games also,” Brockman noted.
The Pirates were holding a 4-3 overall record that included a 1-2 region mark when play was suspended last week.
Brunswick’s region win was a 3-1 overtime triumph over Bradwell. The Pirates fell to Glynn and also Richmond Hill by a 3-0 count in their other two league games.
BHS also suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Wayne County. The Pirates’ last outing was a 4-2 victory over Woodville-Tompkins.
“We started off well, but then had some injuries that hurt us. We had to change our system, and the kids were starting to get used to it,” said BHS coach Daniel Szokoly.
The Pirates took a hit when they lost sophomore midfielder Denilson Carcamo to an injury early on. He could be ready to return if the season can continue next month.
The Pirates have relied heavily on senior Mason Palmer who moved from forward to midfield when Carcamo was sidelined.
Top defenders for the Pirates include Sammy Malenado and Edwardo Lopez.
“We’re pretty balanced. We’ve had 25 goals scored by eight different players,” Szokoly said.
“Last year, we were young with a lot of sophomores. This year, we have 12 juniors and five seniors, so hopefully good stuff is ahead for us.”
Glynn Academy girls
The Lady Terrors opened the season with a talented team that has been impressive thus far.
Glynn is 7-1 on the season with a 3-0 region record with its only loss being a 3-1 defeat against perennial power St. Pius.
“We are playing well. Our girls were bummed when we had to stop playing,” said GA coach Tom Lemmon.
The Lady Terrors have 11 players, all junior and seniors, who were on the GA team that advanced to the state title match two years ago.
Top players include Anna Meridith, Sally Brock, Mandy Kelsch, Haley Williams, Whitley Barbee, Madison Brewer and Cortlyn Roddini.
“We’re pretty balanced from our back four to our attackers,” Lemmon said. “We’ve got a good group of girls who work hard and play hard.”
The Lady Pirates were 2-4-1 overall and 0-3 in the region when the season was stopped last week, but they had put together two straight victories which gave them some much-needed momentum.
Brunswick defeated Madison County 2-1 and then rolled past Woodville-Tompkins 9-1 early last week.
Those victories came after the team made some position changes to hopefully get more offense as the team was having trouble generating scoring chances and scoring goals.
“That game against Madison County, we probably played our best soccer,” said BHS coach Greg Sturm. “We were moving the ball around, getting it upfield more and had more chances on goal. We probably should have scored three or four more goals honestly.”
The changes made by the BHS coach included moving sophomore Ayisha Bradley from the midfield to forward and bringing senior Jalyn Morgan back to the midfield from her attacker spot.
“Jaclyn created some scoring chances for us and played good defense in the midfield and Ayisha scored both our goals against Madison County. She’s just more offensive-minded,” Sturm said.
Brunswick has gotten steady midfield play from sophomore Emma Counts who booted home three goals and had two assists in the victory over Woodville-Tompkins.
“She’s very talented,”Sturm said.
Brunswick also has senior Rylee Brumbaugh in goal, but she has had to miss games due to injury.
“We were starting to turn the corner and play better,” Sturm said.