FORT VALLEY -- Peach County boys soccer head coach Terry Parker asked his assistant coach, Vic Hedgpeth, a rhetorical question following their team’s GHSA Class AAA playoff opener against Washington County.
“What did we tell the team before the game?” Parker asked.
The exercise was meant to illustrate that, with strong group of leaders, the coaches needed to say very little to prepare their team.
Peach County did most of its talking on the field Friday.
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The Trojans (11-5) scored at will against the Golden Hawks on the way to a dominant 9-1 victory. Parker said he believed it was the first playoff win in the program’s history.
“Our guys play well as a team,” Parker said.
Peach County will travel to play Savannah Arts in the second round. The fifth-ranked Panthers (13-0-1) beat Jackson-Atlanta 11-1 in the first round.
Junior Luis Medina scored four goals, and his younger brother, Chris Medina, a freshman, added three more in the victory. Victor Valle scored the other two goals for the Trojans.
“They’re good, but it takes nine more,” Hedgpeth said.
Victor Valle scored the first two goals of the game to push the Trojans to an early lead, but the Medinas went to work after that.
The younger sibling found his brother on a cross for a header midway through the first half. Luis Medina scored the next two, and his brother followed with three of the next four goals. The only interruption in Chris Medina’s run came when he again assisted his older brother.
The Trojans finished second in Region 2-AAA to still undefeated Jackson. The Trojans’ other four losses came to Perry, Veterans and an undefeated Houston County team twice.
The combined record of the teams that beat Peach County this season: 58-7-3.
“I think the tough schedule will pay off as we go on,” Parker said.