Dalton Soccer Falls in State Playoffs to Alpharetta on Penalty Kicks


Dalton, GA-(WDEF-TV) The Dalton high school soccer team lost 5-4 on penalty kicks to Alpharetta on Wednesday night at Harmon Field. Dalton took a 1-0 lead in the first half. Omar Hernandez cleared a free kick in front of the Dalton goal. Teammate Omar Moreno won a foot race for the ball, and when the goalie came out, Moreno used a soft kick to put the ball in the net. The Raiders got a goal in the second half to tie the match at one. Game went to overtime tied at one. Neither team scored in the two five-minute overtime periods.

Went to penalty kicks and after Dalton missed their first two PK’s, they fought back to tie it at three and send the match to alternating penalty kicks. Both teams made their first kicks on the alternating shots. Then when Dalton missed, Ryan Moran connected for Alpharetta, giving the Raiders a 5-4 win on PK’s and eliminating Dalton from the state playoffs.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.