Lady Cats, Lady Rebels tie in soccer

Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Coach Chip Ariail’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw with the Berrien County High School Lady Rebels on Friday, in Nashville, Ga.

They finished the regular season with a 7-7-1 record, and they traveled to Warner Robins, Ga., on Tuesday to take on the Warner Robins High School Lady Demons in the opening round of the Region 1-AAAA playoffs. That game was not completed by press time.

Bainbridge senior midfielder Savannah Cook scored the tying goal on a 12-yard crossing shot to the right corner with four minutes remaining in the game. She took a pass from senior midfielder Anissa Jackson, who intercepted a failed clearance ball in the center of the penalty area.

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Berrien County took a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute. The Lady Cats surged late in the game and got several shots off before Cook’s tying goal.

Ariail liked his team’s performance against a good Lady Rebels team.

“Berrien County is 8-0-1 on the season and they lead Region 1-AA,” Ariail said. “Friday’s game was a great test for us before the Region 1-AAAA playoffs. Both teams played hard and had chances but could not push another goal in the net.

“We were a bit short-handed at midfield, but I thought Jackson, senior midfielder Shemelia Bush and freshman defender Liliana Gomez stepped up and helped fill the void.

“Junior Caitlin Cato had a tremendous game guarding Berrien County’s top forward and holding her to just a few shots and no goals.”