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Demopolis soccer tops Pleasant Grove

PLEASANT GROVE — Spence Overstreet and Tyler Howerton each scored a pair of goals to help propel Demopolis (7-3, 4-0) to a 5-3 win region win over the Spartans of PGHS Friday night.

“Within the first 15 seconds, we scored a goal. Tyler (Howerton) crossed the ball and Spence (Overstreet) put it in with a header,” Demopolis head coach Peter Keen said. “From that point, we fell flat. We got a little too cocky.”

Demopolis struggled at times in the game, but managed to pick up the win despite playing without injured goal keeper Rachel Tucker.

“The first goal that we missed was inexperience on the part of the keeper,” Keen said of a Spartan score that came on a ball deflected off of the Tigers’ backup goal keeper. Pleasant Grove converted three of the seven total shots it took on the night.

“We have some things we need to work out, but it’s coming around,” Keen said. “The midfield played well the first half, they pushed 16 balls through.”

Overstreet followed his opening goal with an unassisted effort. Howerton then added the first of his two goals on the night before Brandon Hay picked up his first score of the season by following up on a corner kick. Howerton scored the Tigers’ final goal of the evening, giving him a team record 12 on the season.

The win hands Demopolis its seventh victory of the season, two higher than the young program’s single season record of five, which was set in 2009. The Tigers will not play another region game until they travel to Walker on March 26, but will return to action Wednesday when they host Robert E. Lee High School.