The Wayne County Yellow Jackets soccer team lived up to its billing on a damp, cool night at Rebel Field.
The Yellow Jackets ran their record to 6-0 for the season and 3-0 in Region 3-AAAA with a 6-1 victory over Effingham County on Tuesday night.
Still, despite the margin of victory, Rebels coach Mike Baczynski doesn’t think his team is far off the Jackets’ mark.
“We can play them a lot closer than we did,” he said.
Roxie Salmeron scored twice and assisted on another tally for the Yellow Jackets. Kevin Belli and Tyler Brewton got the scoring started for the Yellow Jackets, and John O’Quinn converted on a corner kick with 5:55 to go in the first half for a 3-0 lead.
Salmeron got his first goal on a shot from the left side 6 minutes into the second half for a 4-0 lead. He scored again 10 minutes later, outracing the Rebels keeper to a loose ball in the box and popping in a shot to an open net.
The Rebels, bottled up much of the night, retaliated as Jonathan Slater, set up by Willie Badger, fired a shot that deflected in off the crossbar and into the top left corner of the net.
Sidney Ndow notched the Yellow Jackets’ final goal, converting on a cross from Cody Tyre with 13:25 to go.
To Baczynski, his team’s long unintended break from playing caught up with them. They hadn’t played since a 2-0 loss to Glynn Academy on Feb. 29, and their match with Ware County last week was washed out.
“We weren’t touching the ball well tonight,” he lamented. “We made a lot of basic mistakes, and a lot of that comes from not playing. You can simulate that in practice, but nothing takes the place of playing in games.”
Baczynski said the Rebels (1-5-1, 1-3) have the ability to counter Wayne’s speed. It was the little things that separated the Jackets from the Rebels on Tuesday night.
“We’re not closing on the ball with them like we need to,” he said.
Effingham travels to Ware Thursday, switching dates with the Gators. Since Effingham schools are out Friday, the Rebels can travel more than 100 miles for a game. Ware, originally slated to come to Effingham last week, will visit Rebel Field on March 28.
The Rebels also will host Glynn Academy on Friday.