Banks County's Erwin Durmic takes a shot on goal during the first half of the Leopards' 1-0 win March 13 over region rival Oglethorpe County in Homer. Durmic scored the lone goal in the second half to give Banks County the win. 

After starting the week of March 9 off rough with a 1-0 loss to region foe Union County and a six-goal loss to non-region competitor White County, the Banks County boys' soccer team wanted to end the week right against region foe Oglethorpe County. 

The Leopards did just that. After being scoreless at halftime, Banks County broke through in the second half, getting a goal from Erwin Durmic to down the Patriots 1-0 as Banks County now sits on, at least, a two-week break due to school closing because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

“It felt great,” Durmic said about the win. “We obviously need to improve as a team, but to get that first region win is a milestone that puts us in a direction to want to improve as a team for the community that supports us no matter the outcome. The more we battle it out together on the field, the stronger our brotherhood becomes, furthering our dreams and ambitions.”

Amongst the uncertainty of whether the season will continue at some point this spring, Durmic added, “we sure hope so.”

Oglethorpe Co. 9 (Girls), Banks Co. 0

The Lady Leopards were shutout during the March 13 home game. After falling behind 3-0 in the first half, the Lady Patriots came up with six second-half goals to put Banks County in a significant deficit.

The Lady Leopards had four shots blocked in the second half.


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