Bradwell’s soccer team hosted region opponent Windsor Forest on Tuesday night. The boys lost 0-1, but the girls managed a 4-0 shutout over the Lady Knights.
According to Lady Tiger soccer coach Adam Bryie, the girls are now 3-2 in the region after defeating the Knights, Johnson High School and Groves. Their two losses were to Camden and Jenkins.
"They are starting to learn to play together," Bryie said.
The coach said he has placed the defense in the hands of his upperclassmen.
"We have not traditionally played defense," he said. "That is such an important spot on the field that I wanted the upper classmen to be taking care of that. The younger players, along with a couple of the returners, are playing offense. They are learning to play together more than they have been earlier this season. They are anticipating what each other are going to do and playing better together."
Bryie said Rebekka Smith has been doing well as the goalkeeper. He said Danielle Durham, who has scored four goals this season, leads the team.
"We also have Allison Burill who has scored some goals, and in this game Jessica Bunn scored two goals coming off the bench," Bryie said. "We are also getting a lot of energy from two freshmen, Ashley Riles and Brianna Lindsey."
In the boys match, three saves by Tiger goalkeeper Michael Subject and two from Chris Shuster kept the Knights in check; however, the visiting team scored a goal off a corner kick and a headbutt just shy of the first half break to go up
However, time eventually ran out and the Knights walked away with a 1-0 region victory. Oglesby said his offense needs to be more aggressive at possessing the ball.
"Offensively, we had our chances. We just couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net," he said. "We have to work on possessing the ball. It is hard to score goals with only three people attacking and the opposing team having five to six people defending. We have to do a better job of attacking with speed and as a team."
The Tiger boys are back on Olvey Field tonight against Beach High. They play at 7 p.m.