Augusta Christian was hoping to dent the perfect records of Heathwood Hall’s soccer teams Monday.
The Lions hung tough, but succumbed 2-1.
The Lions (0-5) gave up two first-half goals to Heathwood Hall but scored 12 minutes into the second half. They missed a few solid chances to tie the game late.
Heath Brace got the Lions on the board with 28:30 to play after taking a cross from Hunter Miller, keeping the game within striking distance.
The Highlanders (4-0) were on their heels a bit in the beginning of the game but the Lions just missed in early opportunities.
Austin Roper got clear of the defense five minutes in and with the goalkeeper scrambling back to the net, Roper’s shot sailed over the crossbar. At the 32-minute mark, Miller had a good look at a header but that went just wide left.
Meanwhile, the Lions defense was doing a good job of insulating goalkeeper Jacob Gardner. The eighth-grader turned away one shot as the defense was able to clear Highlander forays into their end. He would finish with seven saves.
Heathwood Hall was able to break the deadlock with 7:50 left in the first half as Brandon Hill headed it into the net after a deep throw-in from Daniel Settana.
Settana then set up John Rothell for the Highlanders’ second goal with 1:40 to go before intermission.
Lions head coach Josh Ryer was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We had three good chances early,” he said. “The offense was playing phenomenal and the defense stepped up really big tonight.”
The Lady Lions had no answer for the Lady Highlanders (6-0), losing 10-0 in a mercy-rule game stopped at the half.
Heathwood Hall’s Erin Ress led the Lady Highlanders with four goals.
“It’s definitely a rebuilding year or if anything it has been a been a rebuilding time for Augusta Christian soccer,” said head coach Jesus Ramos, who added that the girls have never played soccer. “We’re trying to keep them positive, keep them in the program and if we ever intend to have anything going with Augusta Christian soccer, it’s going to start with this group of girls becoming something.”