Bradwell Institute’s soccer teams had a split with Calvary Day on Tuesday at Olvey Field. The girls lost, 6-0, but the Tiger boys won, 5-1, to start the season 2-0. At Liberty County on Tuesday, the Lady Panthers topped Toombs County, 2-0, for their first win of the season.
On Olvey Field, the Bradwell boys needed less than a minute to notch their first goal of the night. Sergio Ortega-Gonzalez scored the goal, with an assist from Cameron Riles.
“One of the things we really focused on from our last game was scoring goals outside the 18-yard box, and also scoring off of crosses,” Tiger boys’ coach Tom Oglesby said. “Our first goal came from a shot taken outside the 18 yard box.
Ortega-Gonzalez also scored the second goal, much to the credit of great sportsmanship shown by the visiting team.
“The second goal came off of a cross, which was headed in by Sergio,” the coach explained. “At the time of the play, the goal wasn’t awarded because it seemed to be cleared of the line by their defender. However, Calvary’s goal keeper signaled to the officials that it was a goal. To me, that’s the greatest show of sportsmanship that I’ve ever encountered in my soccer career. At halftime, I went to their keeper and thanked him for his integrity and honesty.”
Calvary Day showed it could put up a good fight by scoring early in the second half to make it 2-1.
“After they scored it kind of woke us up to the second half, and we began playing the ball a lot better,” Oglesby said. “We were finding excellent passing lanes, and we were able to create shots from outside the 18.”
In fact, the coach said the last three goals were all shot from beyond 18. Justus Hofmann scored a goal off another assist from Riles, and Tyler Dixon added the fourth Tiger goal off an assist from Robert Burton. Ortega-Gonzalez offered an assist to Robert Miller for the fifth goal.
“I was very glad the boys stepped up and really focused on taking shots from the 18, and trying to get finishes off of crosses,” Oglesby said.
Tonight, the Tigers play at Glynn Academy starting with the girls’ game at 5 p.m. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Bradwell plays crosstown rival Liberty County at Donell Woods Stadium.
The Lady Panthers now hold a 1-1 record after beating Toombs County.
Lady Panther coach Jarvis McArthur said junior midfielder Corntey Welch had a great game and scored the first goal at the midway point of the first half.
The coach said the girls had a few more opportunities in the first half, but fell a little short.
“We kept the ball in the attacking third of the field most of the game and made some good passes, but just didn’t finish,” he said.
After intermission, Lady Panther junior Myesha Robinson drilled one to the back of the net off an assist from freshman Sidney Wilkinson.
Erykah Brown allowed Toombs only two shots on goal.
The Panther boys lost, 5-1.
The Liberty teams play at Statesboro tonight starting at 5:30 and host Bradwell at 2 p.m. Saturday.