Bradwell swept Liberty County High School in soccer Thursday afternoon. The games were played early and cut to 30-minute halves to try and beat the dipping temperatures.
The Lady Tigers won 3-0. The Tiger boys followed suit, beating Liberty 4-0.
Lady Panther coach Jarvis McArthur said his team is playing well and developing. Defender Rebecca Nelson had several saves on goal as did goalkeeper Carmae Gumataotao. Cortney Welch made several shots against the Lady Tigers, but most were from far away and quickly fielded.
Lady Tigers Jazmine Parker, Cris Eskridge and Cassandra Ruff each scored goals for the Bradwell girls.
Lady Tiger coach Scott Akin said he likes the way his team has approached the first few matches this season.
“They have played with great passion and have shown an unwillingness to give up,” he said. “Their aggressive approach has yielded positive results with timely goals. They have also played fantastic defense.”
He said the Tigers have their back-seven in place, “And they were exceptional at defending our half of the field.”
In the boys game, Xxavier Clyde had a hat trick, netting three back-to-back goals in the first half for the Tigers.
In the second half, Anthony Golphin scored the final goal.
Tiger coach Tom Oglesby said he was again impressed with the boys’ play.
“We’ve been really focusing on keeping possession and passing the ball around to create better scoring opportunities, and they were able to do that,” he said.
He said they’ve also worked on getting defenders into the attack while maintaining their defensive form.
“I was also proud of our defenders and goalkeepers for keeping a clean sheet against a good team,” Oglesby added. “Going forward we are going to have to work on our runs in the attacking-third of the field. We were caught offside too much last night because we weren’t being creative with our runs.”
The coach said the boys will continue to work on their first touch on the ball.
“A couple of times our poor first touch put us in a position to possibly get scored on,” he said. “Overall I was very pleased with our performance and we have a lot to build on in the future.”
The Tigers were scheduled to play at Coffee County Friday. The results were not available. The girls are 2-1 overall, the Tiger boys are 2-0-1.
Liberty will host Calvary Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. Both Panther squads are 0-2.