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Panthers senior Hunter Robertson controls the ball during an early Elmore County game. The Panthers will travel to Booker T. Washington Tuesday and has area games against Holtville and Tallassee left to play. Photo by David Goodwin
Panthers senior Hunter Robertson controls the ball during an early Elmore County game. The Panthers will travel to Booker T. Washington Tuesday and has area games against Holtville and Tallassee left to play. Photo by David Goodwin

Panthers soccer shines against PCA, Valley

Published 4:00am Saturday, March 30, 2013

The best soccer season ever continues at Elmore County High School as the Panthers added two more wins to their tally before going to spring break.
“The kids are having fun and playing hard,” said Norman Dean, coach of the Panthers.
Leading up to the break, the Panthers defeated Valley and then shut out Prattville Christian before having their area showdown with Tallassee rained out.
“I’m really thinking the win over PCA is the first, really quality win that we’ve had in this program,” said Dean.
“That’s the fwwirst time we’ve ever beaten a team that was truly better than us. The kids played hard, and the refs let us play and let the kids get after it.”
Josh Stockman scored the first goal of the game and then Florian Meies sealed the victory with a second half score.
Anton Yefremov recorded the clean sheet in the victory.
“I’m having fun,” said Dean.
“I’m getting to meet a whole different set of kids. Brandon Sanders, Hayden Dean, Hunter Robertson and Jake Ferpes — they’ve been the leaders this season and played their hearts out against PCA. It’s the best game I’ve seen us play.”
The Panthers have a chance to add another win to their collection when they come back as Elmore County is scheduled to travel to Tuskeegee Tuesday to face B.T. Washington.
But Dean has the players looking past the regular season.
“When we played Tallassee and Holtville, we didn’t have our whole team,” said Dean. “We’ve still got a shot if we beat Tallassee and if we beat Holtville by two goals there’s a chance we win the area.”
The Panthers play Holtville April 16 and then will have between that day and April 24 to set their rematch with Tallassee.
“If we can have everybody there and the ball bounces right, I really think we have a shot,” said Dean.

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