Lady Cats blank Americus-Sumter in soccer

Published 5:19 pm Friday, March 23, 2012

Coach Chip Ariail’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats soccer team scored four first-half goals Tuesday night at Centennial Field, and went on to shut out the Americus-Sumter County High School Lady Panthers, 8-0.

Senior midfielder Savannah Cook opened the scoring in the fourth minute. She connected on a free kick from 25 yards out at the right corner of the penalty area that sailed just under the crossbar.

Cook increased the lead to 2-0 in the 28th minute. She took a pass from freshman forward Jennifer Beccera and shot it to the left post from 10 yards out.

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Beccera added the third goal in the 31st minute. She stole a Lady Panthers pass, broke away, and scored from six yards out.

Senior midfielder Charlton Reynolds completed the first half scoring in the 37th minute. She took a pass from sophomore midfielder Florencia Pallotti, and touched it in from three yards out, putting the Lady Cats out front 4-0.

The Lady Cats, who improved their season record to 5-6 with the victory, extended their lead to 5-0 in the 45th minute when Reynolds took a pass from Beccera, split two defenders and weaved her way to the goal, finishing with a crossing shot to the right from six yards out.

In the 57th minute, Beccera received a pass from junior midfielder Caitlyn Cato, dribbled into the penalty area and scored from six yards out to put the Lady Cats ahead 6-0.

In the 63rd minute, Pallotti scored her first goal of the year to make it 7-0. She took a pass from Cato in the penalty area, and scored from 10 yards out.

Beccera scored the eighth and final goal in the 70th minute, connecting on a free kick from 25 yards out that was lofted to the right post of the goal.

Ariail liked the way his team handled the ball against the Lady Panthers.

“I felt our ladies hustled and did a good job distributing and possessing the ball,” he said. “Seniors Brianna Williams, Charlton Reynolds and Savannah Cook preserved the shutout by sharing goalkeeping duties.”