In the end, it didn’t matter that Johnson High School got lost en-route to their soccer game against the Bradwell Lady Tigers.
The girls’ game got a late start and was shortened to two 20-minutes halves to keep things on schedule. However, it took the Lady Tigers a mere 27 minutes to mercy-rule Johnson, 10-0, Tuesday at Freedom Field.
The Bradwell boys followed suit with a 7-3 victory.
The Bradwell girls hit in their first goal 30 seconds into the game on a knock-in by Barbara Rego off an Ashley Riles assist. Four minutes later, the same duo combined for another goal. Kaylie Durham drove in a goal, and Rego notched her third goal of the game to give the Lady Tigers a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Atom Smashers struggled from the start, having to get on the field as soon as they arrived or risk a mandatory forfeit. According to GHSA rules, a girls’ game must start no later than 6 p.m. and they arrived at 5:50 for a game scheduled to begin at 5. Already feeling the effects of an improper warm-up, the Lady Atom Smashers were shattered when one of their own accidentally kicked in a goal for Bradwell.
The Lady Tigers’ Sarah Wells kicked in a goal and Kasey Smith scored off a penalty kick to give the home team a 7-0 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, Riles scored back-to-back goals. Stella Jonah drove home the winning goal off an assist by Amber Smith.
Bradwell scored 10 goals on 21 attempts against Johnson. The Lady Tigers are 5-3-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-AAAAA.
In the boys’ game, the Tigers struck first when Robert Miller got a pass to an open Florian Kirchhoff, who finished with a goal. A few minutes later, Ethan Ewing tried to kick in a goal, but Absalom Dowling finished the job, punching it into the net after he realized it was going to miss wide. The Tigers scored off a throw-in that went directly to Ewing’s feet. He stopped the ball, made two quick moves around an opponent and touched it three times before sending it into the goal. Kirchhoff hit another goal and the Tiger boys were up, 4-0.
But the Atom Smashers responded with three goals to trail by one at halftime. In the second half, the Tigers struck first with a goal and a penalty kick by Chris de la Torre. Much like the girls’ game, the Atom Smashers were devastated when one of their own kicked in the Tigers’ final goal.
The Bradwell boys are 3-5-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the region.