Madison County improved against Habersham Central, but didn’t improve in the win column.
Despite a valiant effort, the Madison County boys’ soccer team (3-5) fell to fourth-ranked Habersham 5-2 Saturday.
The narrow loss to the region foe came after a 15-0 drubbing last season.
“Last year, they beat us 15-0, and we obviously wanted to put out a much better effort,” Raider coach Trevor Mangan said.
Madison County trailed 2-1 at halftime.
“We were slack on some marking in the box off of crosses, which gave them two goals,” Mangan said.
But Ian Webster was able to get behind Habersham’s defense to score and cut the lead to 2-1.
Unfortunately for Madison County, Habersham answered with a pair of quick scores at the start of the second half.
Habersham then added two more goals to go up 5-1, before Crew Mayne chested a ball off of a corner kick to beat the keeper.
“It’s one of the more unorthodox goals I’ve seen scored as a coach,” Mangan said.
Though Madison County lost, Mangan noted that it wasn’t a 15-goal loss this time.
“Overall, I was pleased with how the team played; it was a dramatic improvement from the Habersham game last year,” he said.
The Raiders entered the Habersham game coming off a 3-2 loss to North Oconee.
Down 2-0, Madison County scored its first goal when Jason Bales played a punt up to Ian Webster, who headed a perfect ball in behind the defense. Ben Ortman caught up with the ball and put in the back of the net.
Madison County then tied the game when Jake Sapp used some “brilliant creative play,” according to Mangan, to touch the ball back to Austin Mize, who buried his first career goal as a varsity player.
But North Oconee pulled ahead again, scoring off a shot that caromed off the post to go up 3-2. Madison County couldn’t overcome the deficit in the last 10 minutes.
“The team was disappointed not to come home with a win against North Oconee; we felt we should have gotten a better result than that,” Mangan said.