GCA Cougars soccer wins big in home opener

Published 6:38 pm Friday, August 25, 2017

The Grace Cougars defeated the Open Bible Warriors 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon. This was Grace’s first home game of the season and they worked hard to defend the Cougar Den. The Cougars out shot the Warriors 24-3 and were led by forward’s Gavyn Albritton and Branch Austinson with 8 shots on goal apiece. Both Albritton and Austinson found the back of the net with two goals. The Cougars dominated the first half game with possession of the ball, Cile Warr, Director of Development said. Grace took a 3-0 lead into half time.

The 2nd half of the game saw Sam McRae get his 3rd goal of the season on a played ball from Freshman Daniel Jones. Jones was also instrumental on another pass from deep in the left corner that Sophomore Spence Butler put in the back of the net to record his first goal of the season. Senior Collin Woodrum led the Cougar defense and DeAndre Rogers played keeper position. This is Rogers’ first year playing keeper, but exceeded expectations in the 2nd half. Coach Mike Albritton stated he was proud of his team’s progress and especially thankful for assistant head coach, Hector Bautista.

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He knows they will face a tough game against East Hill Eagles on Friday in Pensacola, but feels prepared. The boys also participated in the East/West Challenge Tournament in Pensacola this past week, 1-1-1. The boys won their third and final game against Bayshore Christian School 3-1, with GCA outshooting Bayshore 16-5 and Wyatt Carpenter having the most shots on goal with four. In the second game against Trinitas Christian School the boys ended in a tie 1-1. GCA dominated the possession of the ball for the majority of the game, but after a penalty shot in the first half Trinitas successfully scored a point. Unfortuantely the team lost their first game 1-0 against Aletheia Christian Academy, but successfully made up for it in their later games.

Warr said she cannot wait for the boys to continue to get better and continue dominating the game.