Maybe Bradwell Institute should play Beach every week in soccer.
In the girls’ match, the Lady Tigers scored seven goals in the first half of play against the Lady Bulldogs. After an abbreviated second half, the Lady Tigers won, 10-1.
"Tonight was a good win for us. It was a good group effort. Everyone was able to work on their fundamentals in a game situation," BI girls’ coach Lindsay Guyett said.
Leading, 4-0, early, Bradwell’s Ashley Riles drilled a kick over the Beach goalie to take a 5-0 lead 16 minutes into the first half.
Riles collected three goals for the game.
Bradwell’s offense dominated Beach throughout the game. The Lady Tigers kept the ball on their offensive end most of the first half. Defensively, Beach was not able to get a shot off during the first half.
"In the second half, Beach crowded the ball and we were able to work to create spacing, and we were able to capitalize on that," Guyett said.
The Lady Tigers worked their possession game during the second half as well, working on touches and passing.
Sarah Wells scored three goals for Bradwell. Ashley Tanner, Kaylee Durham, Danielle Durham and Rebekkah Smith had one goal each.
Bradwell moves to 3-0-1 on the year and faces its first formidable test against Region 3 AAAAA rival Jenkins.
"I think Jenkins will definitely be a good team, and we are going to have to be ready to play," Guyett said.
In the nightcap, Bradwell’s offensive barrage against Beach led to five goals in the first half and six more in the second half as the Tigers romped, 11-1.
Bradwell boys' coach Tommy Oglesby was impressed with the offensive presence his club showed against Beach.
Oglesby spent much of the preseason putting in different attack sets that will allow his team to adjust depending on what type of defense the opponent is playing.
"The offense did a much better job of moving the ball. We have been working extremely hard to figure out the best possible attack. Last night many of our goals came from getting the ball wide and crossing it into the middle to finish," Oglesby said.
"We have also worked on set plays, such as direct and indirect kicks outside the 18-yard box, which we were able to finish two goals off of that. All and all, we are progressing, and if we continue to attack with numbers, we should do well in our region."
David Miller and Ethan Ewing scored two goals each. Kris Lewis, Tepeau Potter, David Kim, Will Davis, Robert Miller, Alberto Llavona and Absalom Dowling each scored one goal.
Bradwell dominated on defense, but the lopsided game against Beach allowed Oglesby to look at some things that his team needs to work on as the season progresses. Beach’s only goal came when BI didn't stop the ball in the middle of the field.
"The defense did well. As long as we force teams to the outside and the midfield gets back on defense, then we do well. However we have to do a better job of marking in the middle. Beach scored its only goal by a mistake in the middle of the field. We can not afford to give up the ball there," Oglesby said.
The Tigers move to 1-2-1 on the season and are 1-0 in region 3 AAAAA. Bradwell travels to region 3 AAAAA foe Jenkins today.
"Our next game is Friday against Jenkins, which will be a true test," Oglesby said. "Our non-region games were against good schools even though we lost those games and tied one.
"It really gave the team a harder work ethic. Sometimes losing makes you work harder, and my boys have. Friday will be a hard match, but if we play the way we know how, then we should do well."