The Bradwell soccer teams grabbed their first Region 3-AAAAA wins against Jenkins High School Friday night at Freedom Field in Savannah.
Junior midfielder Ashley Riles deposited four goals in the 5-0 victory.
“This is a great way to start the region for us,” Lady Tigers coach Lindsay Guyett said. “We still have to reschedule a game with Beach, who cancelled with us Tuesday because of field conditions at the complex they play in at Savannah.”
Friday, Bradwell took an early lead when Riles scored early. She nailed one kick in the upper left corner of the goal, putting the Lady Tigers up 3-0 with 8 minutes left in the first half. Kasey Smith also scored for Bradwell.
Jenkins struggled to move the ball, often overwhelmed by Bradwell’s defense.
Despite scoring three goals in the first half, Bradwell still struggled at times getting the ball in position for good shots. The Lady Tigers had four shots on goal that didn’t go in.
Bradwell’s commanding 3-0 lead at half kept the momentum going into the second.
Riles scored the final two goals in the last 20 minutes.
“I hope that we can keep the momentum that we have going into next week,” Guyett said. “We go to Windsor Forest Tuesday and have a big game against Savannah Arts, who is usually one of the better teams in the region.”
The Lady Tigers are 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the region.
Bradwell boys followed with a 5-0 victory. Ethan Ewing scored four goals for the Tigers, the first in the first five minutes. Jenkins then forced the Tigers into a stalemate the rest of the half.
“We started to give them time and space to move the ball which gave them confidence to play with us,” coach Tommy Oglesby said. “Jenkins is usually one of the better teams in the region.”
The Warriors were able to get five shots on goal in the first half.
“I stressed that we needed to play more team soccer, which would allow us to have more possessions and better shots. We have to be a part of something bigger than ourselves which is the focus of our season,” Oglesby said.
Tiger junior attacker Ewing took a pass from midfield, rushing past a Jenkins defender and scoring six minutes into the second half. Ewing picked up two more goals in a 10-minute span.
Bradwell goalie Chris Lewis moved to attacking midfielder and scored the Tigers final goal in the last minutes of the game.
“I am really proud of how we played defensively, led by senior goalie Chris Lewis and sweeper Alberto Llavona which allowed us to shut the Warriors out,” Oglesby said.
The Tigers are 2-4 overall and 1-0 in region play.
“Next week will be tough,” the coach said. “We are playing two of the strongest teams in the region. If we beat both teams we will have a chance to make the playoffs.”