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Florian Meies (7) and Brandon Sanders (17) celebrate following a Panthers’ goal. Elmore County defeated Holtville 6-5 Tuesday night at Boykin Field in Slapout. Photo courtesy of Terry Sanders
Florian Meies (7) and Brandon Sanders (17) celebrate following a Panthers’ goal. Elmore County defeated Holtville 6-5 Tuesday night at Boykin Field in Slapout. Photo courtesy of Terry Sanders

ECHS soccer in place to win first area crown

Published 5:00am Saturday, April 20, 2013

After having secured the first winning season in school history (7-5), the Elmore County High boys soccer team is in the hunt for both its first area championship and playoff berth.
The rest will be decided this afternoon as the Panthers travel to face rival Tallassee at 5:30.
“We can beat them and be region champs. We can beat them and be the No. 2 team traveling, or we could beat them and be out of the playoffs,” said Panthers coach Norman Dean. “It’s going to come down to what we do on the field against (Thursday).”
The problem is Class 1A-4A, Area 5 is a logjam with everybody holding a win over everybody.
“When we beat Holtville yesterday, I congratulated Coach (Robby) Broom on winning the area, he told me that we were still in it and had a chance to win it,” said Dean.
Tallassee has beaten Elmore County and Holtville.
Elmore County has beaten Holtville and plays Tallassee today.
Holtville has beaten Elmore County and Tallassee.
“I haven’t looked at it that far in depth, but I know the first tie-breaker is head to head,” said Dean. “Then it goes to goal differential.”
A goal differential came into play Tuesday night as the Panthers defeated Holtville 6-5 at Boykin Field.
“They all played hard,” said Dean. “It was a good physical game, on both sides.”
Florian Meies turned a hat trick for the Panthers. Zach Smith and Joshua Stockman also added goals in the win.
“We scored first and then it kept going back and forth,” said Dean. “They tied us 2-2. We went up 3-2 and then 5-3.”
The Bulldogs answered with a pair of goals tying the game at 5-5.
The Panthers were able to send one through late, securing the victory.
“Anton (Yefremov, keeper) did a great job as usual,” said Dean. “He had another good game and made several great saves for us.”
The winner and runner from Area 5 will be paired with the top two teams from Area 6 (American Christian, Calera, Holy Spirit and Sipsey Valley) in the first round of the playoffs.
Playoffs are scheduled to start April 27. Winners will advance to play April 30.

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