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Seminoles win two against county rival Rockdale

CONYERS - Wednesday evening's matchup between soccer crosstown rivals Salem and Rockdale at Reid Stadium proved to be a first for a number of reasons.

Not only was it the first meeting of the young season between the programs, but it featured four first-year head coaches.

In the girls game, Salem blanked Rockdale 4-0 behind the scoring of Shelby Boggus, who netted a pair of goals.

The Salem boys took care of business by winning 3-0 and handing Rockdale its second loss of the year.

GIRLS

Salem 4, Rockdale 0

Boggus scored twice to lead No. 4 Salem to a 4-0 win.

"It's a team effort. I think we all did an amazing job," Boggus said. "It feels good to win, and it feels good that our team did exceptionally well."

The Lady Seminoles improved to 2-0 while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 1-1.

"It's always great to win any game, but it's really cool to win here because there is that rivalry between the two teams," Salem coach Heather Cheek said. "Any time that we can win in Conyers is awesome because our fans get to see us, and I think they're a big part of why we do so well in Conyers generally."

In the opening 40 minutes of action, defense proved to be the storyline for both squads.

However, Salem struck first after a goal by Alayna Smith at the 23-minute mark.

That was all the offense the Lady Seminoles would need, and they took a 1-0 lead into intermission.

In the second, they scored three times on 21 shots on goal. Rockdale goalkeeper Landy Zepeda finished with seven saves in the second half.

Boggus netted her first of two goals soon after the rain picked up at the 24:55 mark in the second half. Boggus juked her defender to find the right-hand corner of the net to give Salem a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Noles took a 3-0 lead thanks to Ashley Miller just 1:49 later.

Boggus added her second goal of the game with 12:44 remaining to give Salem a 4-0 cushion.

Then the stormy weather rolled in, delaying the game at the 8:38 mark due to a tornado warning.

Play resumed approximately 20 minutes later and Salem held on for the win.

"The crosstown rivalries are actually easier for me because I don't have to psych them up for the game," Cheek said. "They're ready to show the county what they can do."

BOYS

Salem 3, Rockdale 0

The Seminoles improved to 2-0 under the direction of first-year head coach Kurt Peters.

Joseph Schneider scored two goals in the second half - giving him a total of six in two games - to preserve the win.

"This win is very satisfying. It's a big step for us because we've got a bunch of new people, and the players with experience really pulled it together in a big game like this," Salem coach Kurt Peters said.

Kwasi Yankey gave Salem a 1-0 lead in the first half at the 13:38 mark after a breakaway open goal.

It proved to be the eventual game-winner. Schneider added his scores in the second half of action.

"This is very exciting. I'm very, very proud of our team right now," Peters said. "It's a good time for a fresh start, and I'm just very lucky to have the position that I got."

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.