Bearcats and Lady Cats shutout Dougherty 4-0

Published 4:11 pm Friday, March 25, 2016

By Chip Arial

Special to The Post-Searchlight


The Bainbridge varsity girls and boys soccer teams each recorded their sixth region win on the season by defeating the Dougherty High School Lady Trojans and Trojans by identical 4-0 scores last Tuesday at Centennial field.

In the girls’ contest, the Lady Bearcats (7-4, 6-1) went up 1-0 in the 25th minute, as Bainbridge senior utility player Derrical Williams sent a crossing pass to middle of the Trojan penalty area to Lady Bearcat junior midfielder Haley Thompson. She quickly got off a 12 yard shot off that made its way through several Dougherty defenders for the score.

In the 35th minute junior midfielder Summer Boyd received a drop pass from Thompson and then lofted a long 45-yard shot to the goal. The Dougherty keeper made a play on the ball, but it knocked off of the inside of the post and into the goal for the score to give Bainbridge a 2-0 halftime lead.

Bainbridge made the score 3-0, in the 72nd minute, as junior midfielder Mallory West received a pass from Thompson in the Trojan penalty area and scored from eight yards out.

An alert Williams scored the final goal in the game as she stole a Dougherty pass and scored on a breakaway from 10 yards out in the 75th minute to ultimately giving Bainbridge a 4-0 lead that led to the victory. Lady Bearcat goalkeepers Grace McIntosh, with two saves, and sophomore Mary Mercer Reynolds, with one save, combined for the shutout victory.

The Bainbridge High School boys varsity team (6-3-1, 6-1) scored three, second half goals in a 4-0 win verses Dougherty High School.

In a physical contest, senior utility player Jaycee Castro registered the lone first half goal in the 29th minute following a Trojan defensive mishap.

Bearcat freshman forward Caleb Harris lofted a ball into the penalty area that momentarily was cleared by a Dougherty defender, but straight to Castro, who was positioned at the top center of the Trojan penalty area. He alertly hit a volley shot for a goal from 18 yards out to give Bainbridge a 1-0 halftime lead.

In the second half Bainbridge increased the lead at 2-0, in the 57th minute, as senior defender Evan Oldaker converted a penalty kick to the left corner of the goal. The penalty kick was given after senior forward Jesus Contreras was tripped from behind in the Dougherty penalty area by a Trojan defender.

Bainbridge scored their last two goals in the 74th and 77th minute of the contest, as junior midfielder Jose Padron and Contreras scored goals respectfully.

The third Bainbridge goal came as Castro threw in a long pass to the center of the Trojan penalty area to Contreras who, under pressure, knocked the ball in front of Padron. He then shot and scored from 12 yards out.

With just over three minutes remaining, Padron lofted a free kick into the penalty area, hitting a Trojan defender, who tried to clear the ball, but struck the spinning ball to Contreras. He then took one touch into open space, and delivered a 14-yard scoring shot into the goal to give Bainbridge a 4-0 advantage, which proved to be the final score.

Senior Goalkeepers Bryce Williams, who was credited in the win, and Spencer Shreves combined to seal a shutout in the victory.