The Lady Tigers kept their win streak intact by downing Windsor Forest, 8-0, Tuesday night at home. The win was the team’s fifth in a row.
"I am really pleased with how we are playing right now," Bradwell Institute coach Lindsay Guyett said. "The girls are really coming together right now and playing good soccer. The girls held shape and really did a good job talking on the field."
Three goals from Danielle Durham and two each from Ashley Riles and Leitia Leitaua helped Bradwell establish a 7-0 lead in the first half against Windsor Forest. Leitaua, also a guard on the region-champion basketball team, was playing in only her second game of the season after joining the team last week.
"Leitia is definitely going to be an asset for us. Even though she just came from basketball, she is already starting to make an impact," Guyett said.
Bree Garcia scored one goal for BI.
Trailing Bradwell, 7-0, at the half, Windsor Forest allowed only one more goal from the Lady Tigers in the second half.
"They definitely made the changes that they needed to make at the half. They came out of the half and pressured us much more and made us really work, which was good for us," said Guyett, who also commended the defensive play of Kayla DeJesus.
Bradwell’s record stays unblemished at 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-AAAAA.
"I gave the girls a couple of days off this week since we don’t play until Tuesday and their spring break will be spent on the soccer season," Guyett said. "Next week is a big week for us. We are playing two region games against Johnson Tuesday and Savannah Arts Academy Friday."
The Bradwell boys lost, 6-2, in the nightcap. Windsor Forest led, 1-0, midway through the first half and was able to use that lead to take control of the game in the second half.
The Tigers were battling not only the Knights but also adversity. Bradwell received four yellow cards during the physical contest.
"We have got to show more composure in games. We have to keep our cool," Tigers coach Tommy Oglesby said. "We got called for some hustle fouls, but we just got to keep working through games and play the best we can. It hasn’t been the best start of this season, but we have a long way to go, and our season is not over. We will address the things we need to fix, and it will make us better as the season progresses."
Kris Lewis scored for the Tigers off a set play, and Alberto Llavona drilled a direct kick from the 18-yard line for Bradwell’s second goal. The Tigers did experience some ball control problems, Oglesby said.
"Windsor pushed the ball hard and wide, forcing our wings to really have to work hard. David Kim and Robert Miller ran up and down the field the entire game. Anytime you have to chase a team up and down the field, you can create scoring opportunities," Oglesby said.
Oglesby praised the work of senior goalie Brian Jackson, who had 10 saves. Windsor scored two of its goals off deflections and another off a penalty kick.
Bradwell drops to 1-4-1 and will play two region games next week. The Tigers travel to Johnson on Tuesday and play Savannah Arts Academy next Friday.