It was the same song, same verse, but a different tempo when Liberty and Bradwell met Saturday at Olvey Field for the final rivalry game of the season.
The Lady Panthers edged Bradwell, 1-0, while the Bradwell boys’ team put together a strong first half for a 4-1 win.
Saturday’s results mirrored those handed down Feb. 22 at Donell Woods Stadium, when the Liberty girls topped Bradwell, 3-0, and the Tigers beat the Panthers, 4-0.
Lady Panther Myeisha Robinson scored the only goal of the game in the second half, which was her fifth goal of the season.
After a scoreless first half, Robinson put in the winning goal minutes into the second half.
“A bright spot for us was our junior goalkeeper, Jimia Polk. She recorded a shutout in her first-ever start in a soccer game. She started playing soccer only two weeks ago. She made some really great saves and has the athletic ability and tenacity to become a very good goalkeeper,” Liberty County coach Jarvis McArthur said.
Despite the victory Saturday, the Lady Panthers (5-4 overall, 1-2 in region) still are hampered by injuries.
“We are still without two key players, striker Sidney Wilkinson and defender Janea White, who are recovering from injuries,” McArthur said. “Their replacements have played well, but we will really be tested at Calvary.”
Lady Tigers head coach Franklin Akin was pleased with his team’s effort Saturday, especially his seniors.
“Jasmine Williams, Jessica Puckett, Alicia McCray, Kaylhla Soto and Martha House have given great leadership and effort to the team this season,” Akin said.
He was excited that his squad is learning to play the entire game and keep playing, regardless of the score.
“We are getting where we are playing every minute, diving for balls, doing what it takes to be competitive,” he said. “We have improved every game, we are finding a way to get better and as we do that as a team, we will end up winning some games.”
There are times that Bradwell head coach Tommy Oglesby would change the length of halves if he could.
“We play really good for one half, and then all of the sudden, we quit playing, make too many mental mistakes and get selfish and do not play to our potential or the way we our coached to play,” Oglesby said.
Bradwell used a strong first half to mount a 4-0 lead. William Akoo scored the first Tiger goal off a header. Xavier Clyde scored two goals and Tyler Dixon added Bradwell’s final goal with the three seconds left in the first half.
After halftime, Bradwell could not regain the first-half momentum. However, the Tigers limited Liberty to one goal in the second half.
Bradwell was scheduled to host Jenkins on Tuesday and travels to Windsor Forest on Friday.
Liberty was scheduled to travel Tuesday to Calvary Day and will be at Wayne on Friday.