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Tiger strikers kick wins over Groves
Lady Tiger Danielle Durham, shown here in a game against Windsor Forest, has led the Bradwell girls in scoring this season, according to Lady Tiger coach Adam Bryie. The Tiger boys and girls both defeated Groves on Tuesday in Savannah. - photo by Photo by Wendy Bruce

Bradwell’s soccer teams played region matches Tuesday against the Groves Rebels in Savannah. Both squads emerged victorious. The Lady Tigers took a 3-1 win over the Lady Rebels and the boys won 5-1.

The squads have transitioned well under their new coaches. Lady Tiger coach Adam Bryie and Tiger coach Tommy Oglesby said their teams continue to make strides as the season progresses.

Bryie said the girls still have to play Savannah Arts Academy twice, but they’re preparing for their second region meetings with Camden, Jenkins, Johnson and Windsor Forest. So far, Jenkins and Camden are the Lady Tigers’ only region losses.

Bryie said the team needs to focus on winning and let the region playoffs fall where they may.

"There are many different scenarios for the playoffs that could play out," he said. "I hope that we can continue to improve and continue to gel as a team. We have the talents and abilities to play with anyone in our region."

Bryie said when it comes time to play the game, the result is based on the players’ energy, concentration and attitude.

First-year boys coach Tommy Oglesby said this season has been a learning experience for him as well as for the players. As the boys continue to make progress, he said, patience is by far the biggest lesson he’s learned.

"This year’s team is very young," Oglesby said. "Early in the season I expected them to do things they simply weren’t able to do. However, they are now beginning to learn the game and each other. I also had to learn how to be humble. Going in, you think you know all the answers and you find out quickly that you do not. Now not only do I ask the opinions of my players, but I take them into consideration."

The coach said he is proud of the strides they’ve made so far this season.

Both squads head back to Savannah on Tuesday for their second matches of the season against the Johnson High Atomsmashers.

The girls play at 5 p.m., and the boys game will follow.

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