Lady Cats split final 2 gamesPublished 6:22am Friday, April 26, 2013
The Bainbridge High School Lady Cats varsity soccer team completed their regular season this week, with a split in their final two games.
Bainbridge lost to visiting Berrien County, 2-1, Monday at Centennial Field, but bounced back to win 7-0 at Americus-Sumter on Tuesday night.
The Lady Cats finished their year with a record of 7-11. The five graduating seniors are outside midfielders Kathleen Victor and Asia Irving, defender Amadelia Barrios, and multipurpose players Caitlin Cato and Isis Crawford.
“I know all of the seniors have bright futures, as they are all very focused individuals, and we will miss them,” Bainbridge coach Chip Ariail said.
Bainbridge 7, Americus-Sumter 0
On Tuesday, the Lady Cats jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead and were able to finish it out with a 7-0 win, in Americus, Ga.
Bainbridge’s first goal came as sophomore midfielder Jennifer Becerra sent a pass outside to the left to freshman midfielder Derrical Williams, who dribbled quickly to a clearing just inside the penalty area and scored on a crossing shot from 17 yards out in the third minute.
The Lady Cats increased the lead two minutes later, as sophomore forward Longeshia Emanuel took a pass from Becerra and split the Americus-Sumter defense, dribbling in the center of the penalty area and scoring on a shot from 5 yards away.
Bainbridge midfielder Paige Braswell tapped a pass to Williams, who sped on the left side to the goal and got off a shot from 6 yards away for a goal in the 12th minute.
In the second half, Crawford sent a pass to Williams that led to a shot from 7 yards out, giving Bainbridge a 4-0 lead in the 44th minute. The goal was Williams’ third on the night, giving her a hat trick.
A minute later, Crawford intercepted a pass just outside the Americus-Sumter area and dribbled past the defense, scoring from 6 yards away.
For the Lady Cats’ sixth goal, Cato took a pass from junior midfielder Caryn Vandergriff and weaved her way past five Berrien County defenders, before successfully striking the ball from 8 yards out in the 58th minute.
The final goal came in the 67th minute, as Irving received a pass down the right side and quickly took a 17-yard shot just inside the penalty area. Cato was credited with an assist.
Sophomore goalkeepers Kameron Landeen and Sonja Francis split goalkeeping responsibilities to earn the shutout.
“I was pleased with our efforts in both games last week,” Ariail said. “I was happy with how we passed the ball around and hustled. We were fortunate to have six different players score goals in the two outings.”
Berrien County 2, Bainbridge 1
On Monday, Berrien County broke out to a 2-0 lead, scoring goals in the sixth minute and 23rd minute.
The Lady Cats broke through with a goal of their own in the 30th minute, as Braswell threaded a pass from the right side to junior midfielder Jerilyn Jones, who was in the center of the penalty area. Jones calmly took the pass and lofted a shot from 16 yards out, just inside the right post and into the goal.