By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
The Brunswick High boys soccer team won its eighth straight match to start the season Tuesday night when the Pirates blanked Glynn Academy 2-0 at Glynn County Stadium.
And the victory over the Red Terrors on a festive night between the bricks was without question the biggest of the bunch for the Pirates who are piecing together a special season at the moment.
Tuesday night’s Region 2-AAAAAA triumph over the Terrors was the first-ever victory for a Brunswick boys soccer team over Glynn in the rivalry series that started 30 years ago when the local schools first started their programs.
In the earlier game played Tuesday between GA and BHS, the Glynn girls clicked to a 10-0 win over Brunswick in a game that was shortened by the mercy rule.
The Lady Terrors maintained their perfect season with the runaway victory as they improved to 9-0 overall while going to 6-0 in region action. Glynn is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA by MaxPreps and No. 3 in the Georgia all-classification rankings by MaxPreps. The website also ranks the Glynn girls third in its national rankings.
The meeting between the Pirates and Terrors was the one that packed the stands on Tuesday evening with a spirited crowd. The rivals came into the game unbeaten on the season with Glynn sporting a 7-0-1 overall record and Brunswick owning a 7-0 won-loss worksheet. The Terrors were 5-0 in early league play while the Pirates were 4-0 in region games.
Also, the Terrors entered the battle ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA by MaxPreps while the Pirates were No. 9 in the rankings.
The Terrors, now 7-1-1 and 5-1, controlled the ball for much of the opening half, but it was the Pirates who took a 1-0 lead into halftime on the strength of a hard header into the back of the Glynn net by senior left wing Marlin Clinch at the 16:41 mark of the opening half of play.
After halftime, Glynn also had several more scoring opportunities, but time and again, the Terrors were denied by the Brunswick defense which included sure-handed goal keeper Zane Rosenbaum who went the distance for the Pirates in goal to record the shutout.
The Pirates, who are now 8-0 and 5-0, all but put away the game when junior midfielder Denilson Carcamo drilled a free kick into the upper left corner of the Glynn goal from just inside the right sideline to give Brunswick its two-goal advantage with just over eight minutes left in the match.
The victory put Brunswick alone in first place in the region with one league game left in the first round of region play. The Pirates are the only team still without a loss to a region opponent.
The Pirates have allowed only five goals all season and have not allowed a goal in their last five matches.
Glynn still has not given up more than two goals in any game all season.
In the girls game on Tuesday, Emme Ross led Glynn’s scoring parade. The junior midfielder posted a hat-trick as she scored three goals in the victory for the Lady Terrors. She connected for two goals in the opening 40 minutes when Glynn built a commanding 9-0 cushion. Ross also nailed the final goal for Glynn after halftime with just over six minutes remaining to end the match early. The second half was shortened to 20 minutes instead of the usual 40.
Also for Glynn, Eliza Meader scored two goals. Sally Brock scored on a penalty kick with 26:40 left in the first half that put the Lady Terrors ahead 4-0.
Others scoring for GA were Allana Antah, Anastasia Barr and Cassie Naldrett.
Tuesday’s match marked the fourth time already this spring that Glynn has scored as many as 10 goals in a match.
The Lady Terrors opened the scoring at the 32:28 mark of the first half and proceeded to bang in two more goals in the next 2:28 for a 3-0 lead just 10 minutes into the match.
Through their first nine contests, the Lady Terrors have outscored their opponents 76-7 for the season.
The shutout was the sixth of the season for Glynn. Lilly Wood started in goal for the Lady Terrors and posted another shutout on her season stat sheet.
Brunswick and Glynn will meet again for region games on April 1 at GC Stadium. The girls will play at 5 p.m. with the boys squaring off again at 7 in what should be another good nightcap. It could very well be a high-stakes affair with region title and playoff implications depending on what happens in the league race between now and then.