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NTMS boys’ soccer win second round of playoffs, fall short in championship
NTMS soccer runer ups
Front row (l to r): #16 Angel Morales, #8 Cristian Gonzalez, #5 Alex Juarez, #10 Michael Mendoza, #7 Eli Debevec, #15 Marcos Gomez, #6 Carlos Aparicio, and #4 Robert Ovalle. Middle: #3 Brian Cabrera, #2 Kayden Shaff, #26 Joseph Nelson, #12 Jerry Martinez, #13 Victor Munoz, Colby Durrence (Goalie), #22 Alex Fermin, #11 Hampton Brown, Coach Solita Hayes, #14 Gio Ornelas, #19 Giovanni Harris, #9 Jack James, and #20 Alex Hernandez. Back: #25 Luis Robles, and Coach Justin Ray.

The North Tattnall Middle School (NTMS) boys soccer team hosted the second round of playoffs against South Tattnall Middle School (STMS) on Friday, April 1, 2022. 

Fans watched in awe as, within the first minute of the game, NTMS’s Jack James dribbled the ball past STMS’s midfielders and defenders to assist Carlos Aparicio with a score. However, this slight lead would not last long as STMS would score next, tying the game 1-1. 

Players on both sides then regrouped and took the field ready for the second half. Both sides played hard, but NTMS’s Aparicio would again show his amazing speed and agility with an unassisted goal helping NTMS take the lead. Then as the game was coming to an end, STMS defenders fouled NTMS’s Midfielder Gio Ornelas giving Ornelas a chance to get a penalty kick into the goal. Ornelas then sailed a penalty kick that passed the STMS goalkeeper for another goal. The final score was NTMS 3, STMS 1. 

The NTMS warriors then traveled to Bryan County to face the Toombs County Middle School (TCMS) boys on Saturday for the 2022 Southeast Georgia Region Middle School Soccer Championship. NTMS entered the championship undefeated and 2021 region champs. While all of the players fought valiantly, NTMS would not be able to get past the TCMS defenders. TCMS scored 3 goals while NTMS scored 0. NTMS ends the season second place. 

Coach Solita Hayes and Coach Justin Ray would like to thank all the parents, relatives, friends, and players for a great season. 

“We look forward to next season and wish our eighth graders the best of luck as they transition into high school,” Coach Hayes said.