By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
The Glynn Academy and Brunswick High boys soccer teams met in an intriguing match a few weeks back at Glynn County Stadium.
And now on Thursday night, the Red Terrors and Pirates will meet again in a high-stakes affair between the bricks in their second matchup of the 2021 season.
A victory in Thursday’s Region 2-AAAAAA contest would allow Glynn to claim the region championship and the first seed for the upcoming Class AAAAAA state tournament.
The sixth-ranked Terrors enter the crosstown showdown sporting a 11-1-1 overall record and a 10-1 league ledger. Their only loss was a 2-0 setback to the Pirates on March 9. That defeat was also the first one ever for Glynn in the history of the series against the Pirates which dates back to 1990 when both schools first started playing soccer in the Georgia High School Association.
Brunswick stayed perfect on the season with that attention-getting triumph over the Terrors in early March, but the Pirates were tripped up in their next two matches as the fell on the road by 3-0 three nights later to Richmond Hill and lost again four nights following the loss to the Wildcats at home to South Effingham by a 3-1 count.
Those losses dropped BHS to 10-2 for the season and 7-2 in region games, putting the team a game back of the Terrors in the loss column in the league standings.
A second victory over Glynn on Thursday would bring Brunswick back to even with the Terrors in the loss column in league games, but of course the Pirates would have the inside track on the region crown because of the head-to-head wins over Glynn in this scenario.
Brunswick, though, still would have to play region games against South Effingham and Statesboro away from home to close out its league schedule and would have to win both to stake claim to the region championship. A loss in either of those two matches which are set for April 12 and April 14 would give the Pirates three region losses and drop them behind Glynn in the league standings once again.
Thursday’s match against the Pirates is the final league contest for the Terrors, so Glynn can do no worse than two region losses if it were to fall to the Pirates a second time. The Terrors are thus assured of finished first or second in the region standings which guarantees them a home game to open the state tournament.
All of the other teams in the region have at least five losses in region play. Richmond Hill is currently 5-5 in league matches, South Effingham is 4-5 and Bradwell is 3-5. Statesboro is 2-7 and Effingham is 2-8.
Each region team is scheduled to play 12 league matches playing the other six region opponents once at home and once on the road.
The top four teams from each of the eight regions in the state make the state tournament.
In the MaxPreps rankings for Class AAAAAA, Brunswick is ranked No. 14 this week. The Pirates were scheduled to face Frederica Academy on Tuesday, but that game was cancelled by the Knights.
Glynn played a home region contest Tuesday against Richmond Hill and blanked the Wildcats 2-0.
When the Pirates and Terrors met the first time this season, both squads were ranked inside the top 10 by MaxPreps.
Brunswick led 1-0 at halftime in the first meeting and added a second goal with just over eight minutes left in the match on a free kick to all but seal the win.
The Pirates and Terrors are set to face off at 7 p.m. Their match will follow the 5 p.m. meeting between the BHS and Glynn girls.
The Lady Terrors rolled to a 10-0 win in the first game between the teams.
Glynn is 13-0-1 on the year and is a perfect 10-0 in the region. The Lady Terrors are ranked second in the state in Class AAAAAA by MaxPreps and fourth in Georgia in the all-classification rankings.
The Lady Terrors claimed another region championship Tuesday with their 3-0 victory over Richmond Hill Tuesday night at home.
Brunswick is 2-13 and 1-9 in league games. The Lady Pirates did play their match against Frederica on Tuesday and fell 1-0 to the Lady Knights on St. Simons Island.