‘Cats sweep SEHSPublished 2:57pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Ed Bailey
On a cold, blustery night at the Sportplex, the only thing left chilled was Stanhope Elmore’s offense as the Benjamin Russell Wildcats soccer team stymied the Mustangs last night.
The girls won easily by a score of 4-1 and the boys used four first-half goals to cruise to a commanding 6-1 victory.
For the Lady Wildcats, it extends their winning streak to seven games.
Bethany Miller scored twice for BRHS. Her first goal came in the 25th minute of play and she added another score at the 72nd minute.
Magan Brayman scored at the 44th minute and Ciera Harrell found the back of the net in the 75th minute of play thanks to a free kick.
BRHS girls soccer co-head coach Meghan Bailey said she was thoroughly impressed with the team after they overcame a sluggish start.
“In the beginning we started out kind of slow,” Bailey said. “We weren’t doing our usual passing. Our defense played awesome. It was our strong point.”
With Miller’s emergence as an offensive threat, Bailey said the team’s depth is getting stronger.
“The good thing about the team is that I can play anyone off the bench,” Bailey said.
In the boys matchup, Cole Grogan and Grant Hudson each found the net twice.
Grogan scored both of his goals in the first half.
Dalton Lucas and Blake Bailey also notched goals in what BRHS boys soccer coach Sammy Teel called a revenge game.
“The team we played, we played them in the Southern Shootout and they 3-1 while we went 1-3,” Teel said. “I guess they figured that they would come down and put something on us because we didn’t play well last time, but our kids responded. I’m proud of how they responded.”
Teel said the performance was one of the best he had seen so far from the Wildcats.
“Andy Myer and Richie Bradshaw controlled the middle of the field,” Teel said. “Myer probably played the best game I’ve ever seen him play. Our defense keeps playing well. Our guys are playing hard. I’m really proud of how we played team ball.”