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Tigers kicking in a strong soccer season
Chris Schuster boots the ball away from a Jenkins defender. Schuster was responsible for several goals in Tuesday’s victory. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The Bradwell Tigers proved they are contenders in men’s 3-AAAAA soccer, picking up a solid victory over Jenkins High in a downpour Tuesday night.
The men’s squad is 6-1. Their only loss was to Camden County.
And the Lady Tigers continue to improve and are 3-4 in the season.

Lady Tigers 1, Jenkins 8
Showing vast improvement over last season, the Lady Tigers hit the soaked Olvey Field in a tough battle against the Lady Warriors. The Lady Tigers held the Warriors to only one goal in the first half. The second half, however, proved to be entirely all Jenkins.
The Lady Warriors scored goal after goal, at one point kicking in five goals in less then four minutes. Poised to shut out the Lady Tigers 8-0, Tiger Danielle Durham placed herself in position and took the shot, giving the Tigers one point before the end of the game.
“The girls are 10 times the team they were last year,” Tiger coach Greg Cooke said. “Today’s game didn’t do them justice. They held them 1-0 in the first half and then just fell apart in the second half. The last 20 minutes killed us.
“They have a lot of heart and they are still very young. We only have one senior. The rest are sophomores and one or two juniors. I’m proud of them. It’s a work in progress and they are slowly getting better.”
Cooke said his lady Tiger squad has already beaten Beach, Johnson and Groves this season. These are all tough teams the ladies lost to last season.
“We are one or two passes away, or one or two touches away from becoming a better team,” he said. “This region the girls have two levels. There is Savannah Arts Academy, Jenkins, Camden and Windsor and then the rest of us. I’ve said to them that you got to work to reach that level and slowly but surely they are working toward reaching that level.”
Tigers 7, Jenkins 1
The opposite was true for the Men Tiger who had a 1-0 lead in the first half but came out scoring in the second, despite the constant rain.
“The first half was 1-0 and didn’t show the way that we played,” Cooke said. “We missed three one-on-ones and two shots that should have been in.  Those are the things we are working to get better at. At any level you have to put the chances away or you keep a team in the game.”
Cooke said the men are playing hard. The schedule has them playing three games a week that Cooke described as a monstrous task for any program.
“Keeping them healthy, injury free and sharp minded is a difficult challenge,” he said. “So far we are stepping up to that challenge. We won the away games that we knew were going to be hard. The rest of the season and every game are going to be tough. It’s going to be a fight to the end this season. If you talk to any coach in this region they realize that. Every game is a playoff position — in or out.”
That one loss for the Tigers was a road game and was the first of the season. Thursday night the Tigers enter the second round and had a chance to avenge the loss to Camden County at home.
It’s a rematch the coach has been waiting for.
“We went down there (Camden) and we lost 2-1 due to some circumstances,” he said. “We should have played better down there. It was our first game but Camden is a team that has beaten everybody else by holding them to zero or 4-0 scores. For us to go 2-1 down there on their field with the style of game they play I feel that we have the opportunity to play well against them on Thursday.  They know it. It’s a battle between the two of us. If we play them the way we played tonight in the second half, I believe that it will be a beautiful match on Thursday.”
That game was to early for today’s paper. Final score will be printed as soon as it is made available.
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