You will have to forgive Alex Flores if Monday’s soccer clashes between Frederica Academy and Glynn Academy felt a little strange at times.
The former Glynn Academy standout and assistant coach is now the head girls coach at Frederica Academy. Being on the other side against his alma mater was surreal for Flores.
“I got chills as I was pulling up to the game,” Flores said.
The game didn’t go Flores’ way as Glynn Academy pulled away with three goals in the second half for a 4-1 win at Glynn County Stadium. In the boys game, a close game between the Red Terrors and Knights ended in a 2-2 draw.
In the girls game, Glynn Academy (10-3-1) kept the ball on its half of the field in the first half, but only came away one goal to show for the Lady Terrors’ effort. Even though Glynn dominated possession, it was the Lady Knights who would strike first.
Frederica (5-4) took advantage of its limited chances when Anna Meredith took an outlet pass, split the two Glynn defenders on her and beat goalkeeper Bliss Hutchings to give the Lady Knights a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
After having a myriad of shots go wide or right to Frederica keeper Aubry Maulden, Alex Houser put Glynn on the board in the 25th minute. The senior curled around the Lady Knights defenders in the box and tucked a shot into lower right corner of the net to tie the game.
The score stayed tied until seven minutes into the second half. A penalty in the box earned Glynn a penalty kick, which Mady Carroll converted to put the Lady Terrors up for good.
“We started finishing opportunities (and) getting behind them to stretch them out a little bit, which opened up room for our forwards,” said GA girls coach Thomas Lemmon.
Houser registered her second goal of the game, putting a perfect pass from Mandi Kelsch into the back of the net to make it 3-1.
“She’s a very dynamic player,” Lemmon said of Houser. “She’s strong, physical and it’s very hard to get her off-balanced and off the ball.”
Lizzie Bonds’ goal late in the second half rounded out the scoring.
Despite the loss, Flores was happy with the Lady Knights’ effort.
“For the most part we held our own,” Flores said. “Our determination and desire to work hard was great. Our back line was stellar in the first half and we were able to catch them on the counter a couple of times.”
The Glynn boys had a few chances to score early in the boys game, but it was Jack Podlesny who put the Terrors on the board halfway through the first half. Podlesny got around the defense and beat Frederica keeper John Mitchell Brock top shelf to make it 1-0.
The Knights (7-1-1) tied the game up just before the end of the first half on a penalty kick. Glynn was whistled for a foul in the box, which led to Jacob Myers converting the ensuing kick to tie the game.
The Terrors (12-3-1)seized the lead again in the 65th minute when Podlesny headed home a corner kick. It looked like the goal may be enough to get the win until Myers chipped in a pass from his brother Colton over Glynn keeper John Henry Butler to tie the game.
Both teams had a chance to pick up the win late in the game. Frederica had a corner kick bounce around in front of the goal before the Terrors cleared it out of harm’s way.
“The thing that was great for our guys is that we ended up drawing this game and had an opportunity to win it at the end,” FA boys coach Tim O’Sullivan said. “Give (Glynn) credit. We had a difficult time of getting things going in the way we typically play. But give our guys credit for rolling up our sleeves and staying in there.”
In the waning seconds of the game, Glynn appeared to have taken the lead, but the goal was waived off when a penalty was called on Glynn before the goal was scored.
“I’m just disappointed we couldn’t close it out,” said GA boys coach Bobby Brockman. “Give credit to Frederica. They came back, and hung in there.”
Both Glynn squads are back at home Wednesday against Ware County while Frederica travels to Trinity Christian for a region game today.