The Gordon Central boys soccer team opened the season with a hard-fought non-region win in penalty kicks on Thursday.
The Warriors (1-0) gave up a goal in the first minute but rallied to tie the game on a goal by Jonny Rivas off an assist from Wilson Falla.
With the game still tied at the end of regulation and overtime, the game was decided in a penalty-kick shootout with Gordon Central earning a 4-3 advantage. Goalkeeper Brent Silvar made to impressive saves, and Falla, Rivas, Sergio Ortiz and Owen Morales all converted on their kicks.
The Warriors are on the road on Tuesday at Adairsville for another non-region test at 7 p.m.
In other recent prep sports action:
Murray County girls 2, Gordon Central 1
Gordon Central played right with the host Lady Indians for most of the game before surrendering a late goal on a penalty kick to suffer a road loss.
Jaky Ramirez scored the lone goal for the Lady Warriors (0-1) as the game was tied at 1-1 for much of the game. Murray County drew a penalty in the box, however, and converted the penalty kick for the game-winner.
The Lady Warriors visit Adairsville on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Calhoun boys 2, East Paulding 1
The Jackets were originally scheduled to host East Paulding for their home opener on Thursday but had to move the game due to field conditions on their home field. They made the best of it, though, pulling out a close road win.
Daniel Isep scored both goals for the Jackets (1-0), and Walker Izario added an assist. Eduardo Fajardo recorded one save in goal.
Calhoun is at home on Tuesday for a tough non-region contest against Northwest Whitfield at 7 p.m.
Wesleyan boys 2, Calhoun 1
Calhoun visited perennial power Wesleyan on Friday and came up just short in a road loss.
Gerardo Fraire scored the lone goal for the Jackets (1-1), and Daniel Isep had the assist. Eduardo Fajardo made five saves in goal to keep his team in the game.
Sonoraville boys 2, Heritage 1
The Phoenix got a pair of goals from one of their team leaders last Tuesday to earn a win in their home opener.
Alexander Soldevilla put two balls in the back of the net for all the offense the Phoenix needed as they had a strong defensive performance.
Sonoraville hosts Ringgold on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Sonoraville girls 5, Heritage 5
Both teams had big offensive days last Tuesday, and the Lady Phoenix had to settle for a draw in their home opener.
Avery Hamilton and Averi Walraven scored two goals apiece for Sonoraville (0-0-1), and Bailey Brewer scored a goal as well. Brewer, Walraven and Deya Irick all added assists.
Sonoraville hosts Ringgold on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage 4, Calhoun 1 (scrimmage)
The Jackets got a little warm-up in before opening the regular season as they visited Heritage for a scrimmage on Friday.
Calhoun was limited to just one hit, coming from Carson Kemp. Parker McPherson drove in a run, and Hagen Banks scored a run.
The Jackets had several pitchers get some work in. Brett Potts and Matthew Williams each pitched a scoreless frame and struck out two. Nate Bonner recorded a scoreless inning as well, and Brady Drummond pitched one inning and gave up two earned runs. Ben King was the lone pitcher to go two innings and gave up two runs on one hit.
Calhoun opens the regular season on Tuesday at home against Pepperell at 5:55 p.m.