Lady Cats Soccer wins scrimmage

Published 2:19 pm Friday, July 2, 2021

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While school may be out for summer, the game is still on for the Bainbridge High School Varsity Girls soccer team, who won 4-1 in an off-season scrimmage game against Colquitt County last week.

Upcoming senior Nathaly Rodriguez scored twice, followed by Addison Hill, upcoming freshman, who also scored twice. As it was an off-season game, stats for all the players were not strictly kept.

This summer marks the first time the girls have practiced and played during the off-season, having already played Lowndes twice this month.

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“To be competitive in high school sports, if you want to be on the upper echelon, you have to do stuff in the off-season,” Coach Brian Hill told the Post-Searchlight. According to him, there are about 20 girls participating in the off-season program, with nine regular players returning. Work-outs have been held throughout June, three days a week.

Hill is serious about his ambition to make the Varsity Girls a major contender.

“I want to be a quality program, and a competitive program, not just around here, but at the state level as well, and in order to do that, it takes a lot of hard work, commitment,” he said.

Other high schools in the area, such as Tift, have been doing similar off-season training programs, before BHS this year. This summer has seen the girls work on the fundamentals of soccer.

Getting better at handling the ball and completing drills were just a few of the things the team worked on.

“For the workouts that we did, we’ve had a good turnout, and we’ve been able to compete at a higher level,” Hill said. “Hopefully, we can keep getting better, and when people think of Bainbridge soccer, they look at it as a challenge when they go to play us.”

For next month, the girls are scheduled to face off against Tifton twice, and play a rematch against Colquitt.