The Bradwell Institute soccer teams lost their scrimmages Tuesday against Wayne County in Jesup.
The Lady Tigers fell, 2-0, and the Tigers dropped a 2-1 decision.
According to Lady Tiger coach Scott Akin, Tuesday’s scrimmage was not about winning or losing.
“The emphasis was on giving the players a look at match conditions, as well as getting a look at players who need to be evaluated for positions,” he said. “Overall, I was pleased with the way that our defense plays.”
Akin said his back-four players kept an aggressive Wayne County team out of the nets for most of the night. He added that the overall defense did well, and his offense and team, in general, never gave up the fight.
“Our defensive standouts were Martha Hause, Cat Woods, Alecia McCray, Dale McKeller and Caitlin Coston,” he said, adding that Cris Eskridge gave a fantastic effort as goalkeeper. “Our younger players must get better at clearing the ball out of our defensive end.”
The coach added his players need to work on finishing for the offense.
“We have to work to improve our technical skill, as well as our overall confidence,” he said. “I am upbeat about what I saw from the Lady Tigers … I have high hopes for our season. I believe in all of our kids.”
BI coach Tom Oglesby said his team had the game tied, 1-1, until the last 10 seconds of the game, when the Yellow Jackets hit the go-ahead goal.
He said the scrimmage was a learning tool and gave him a chance to observe all 34 players throughout the match.
“Some of the positive aspects of the game was our ability to stay composed in a very physical match,” Oglesby said. “Wayne County came out aggressive, intense and strong. Bradwell’s boys were able to match their intensity.”
Oglesby said he was proud of his ninth- and 10th-grade junior-varsity players, saying they stepped up and played well.
“Which shows promise for the future of the program,” he said, noting they do need to work on transitioning from offense to defense and defense to offense better.
“By doing that, we will increase our speed of play,” he said. “Finally, we need to work on team defending. Our back-four defenders did a really great job, but we have to learn how to defend with our forwards and midfielders.”
The BI teams open the regular season Tuesday by hosting Brunswick.
The girls play at 5 p.m., and the boys play immediately after.