Salem girls tie Oconee County

CONYERS - The Salem girls soccer team wasted little time getting back on the field after its Friday night showdown with Loganville.

Less than 24 hours later, the Salem girls found themselves in another dogfight, this one taking place Saturday afternoon at Reid Memorial Stadium against another quality opponent - Oconee County.

Unfortunately for Salem, Saturday's matchup did not have the same result as Friday's 4-2 win as the Lady Seminoles and Lady Warriors battled to a 2-2 tie.

Jordan Young put Salem up 1-0 in the first five minutes of the contest and that score held until halftime.

Oconee tied it up 10 minutes into the second half, but Salem answered 12 minutes later and went up 2-1.

The goal came off a cross from Jordan Young to Caitlyn Cofer, who buried it in the back of the net.

However, Oconee tacked on one more goal with 13 minutes left and neither team could break the tie again.

Although the Lady Seminoles did not get the win, coach Heather Richardson could not discredit her players for all the hard work they've put in this weekend.

"Friday night was an emotional high for us because it was such a good game and we played so well. Today, we came out a little flat and not with as much energy as I've seen before," Richardson said. "Still, we did some really good things today. We switched the field a lot and sent some balls through and over the top. We just didn't capitalize on all our chances. It wasn't a bad game. I thought the girls played really well in spurts. We just have to be able to give 110 percent the entire game.

"I knew this would be a tough game. That's one reason why I scheduled it - to help us prepare for what we want to do in the playoffs. I knew Oconee was a good team, I just would have liked to have done better against them."

The draw moved Salem to 8-1-1 on the season with the Lady Seminoles' next matchup slated for Monday at Evans Memorial Stadium against Whitewater.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@ rockdalecitizen.com.