Lady Wildcats sure shots at Southern ShootoutPublished 1:31pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Benjamin Russell girls soccer team walked into the Southern Shootout fully loaded, blowing away the field to win the two-day event.
The Lady ‘Cats were nothing short of dominant on the pitch, outscoring their four opponents by a combined 26-2.
In the first match on Friday, BRHS blanked Stanhope Elmore 3-0.
The Lady ‘Cats notched a comfortable 4-1 victory over Robertsdale Friday night.
Saturday, the Lady ‘Cats offense really took off. In the first game, BRHS annihilated Baldwin County by a score of 9-1.
In the final game, BRHS ended the tournament as it began, getting another shutout over American Christian Academy while scoring 10 goals.
“We kicked some butt this weekend,” BRHS girls soccer co-head coach Meghan Bailey said.
Paxton Templin and Ciera Harrell led the way for the Lady ‘Cats as each scored five goals during the weekend.
Templin did most of her damage versus Baldwin County, netting a hat trick in the contest.
Bailey said she felt the performance was a good way to bounce back from a Feb. 11 loss to defending 6A state champion Chelsea High School.
“Coming off a bad loss, we knew we had to pick it up,” Bailey said.
According to Bailey, the return of Harrell, Alexis Goldhagen and Whitley Bailey was key in strengthening the team. The three girls returned upon the end of basketball season.
“This is the first time the basketball girls played with us,” Bailey said. “All three of them scored this weekend so they were a big part in helping our team come together. This weekend we finally looked like a team, we played like a team, and we acted like a team.”
Next for the Lady Wildcats will be a trip to Smiths Station as they take on Smiths Station High School this afternoon.