Bearcats pick up 2 recent victories

Published 6:56 am Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Bainbridge High School Bearcats varsity soccer team earned a 6-2 win over the Westover High School Patriots on Saturday, and a 3-1 win over Providence Christian Academy of Dothan, Ala., on Monday.
On Saturday, Luis Mejia led the way with four goals. He scored in the eighth minute, in the 14th minute off an assist from Milo Rivera, in the 55th minute and in the 74th minute.
Bainbridge also scored on an own goal when Michael Moran crossed a ball toward the Westover goal, and the ball deflected off a Patriot defender and into the net. Daniel Provence added a late goal, when he scored on a through ball in the 78th minute.
Westover’s goals came in the 40th minute and 75th minute.
Monday, Bainbridge fell behind 1-0 early when Providence scored in the 25th minute. However, the Bearcats scored three unanswered goals to earn the victory.
Rivera scored a goal in the 60th minute to tie the game. In the 68th minute, the Bearcats pulled ahead when Mejia got on the end of a throw-in by Garvis Kelly. Mejia headed the ball into the net to put Bainbridge in front, 2-1.
Rivera added his second goal of the game, scoring in the 74th minute, to seal the win.
“I was pleased that the team earned two victories over the weekend and on Monday,” Bainbridge coach Jamie Ard said. “The guys continue to improve on possessing the ball and attacking the opponents’ goals.”
Ard said he was happy to see the team show offensive balance in its recent games.
“I was encouraged in our game on Monday when Milo scored two crucial goals for the team,” he said. “We need Milo and others to held shoulder the load and take pressure off of Luis.
“On Monday, Garvis Kelly really showed improvement in the second half. Following an injury to Carlos Becerra, he came in and really gave us a lift in the second half. I thought Daniel Provence played well and hustled in both of our games.
“Alex Ward also played very well on the back line of defense, and Dominic Douglas had two strong efforts.”

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