‘Cats sweep Marbury on pitchPublished 11:21am Thursday, March 21, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats continued their winning ways on the pitch, as the boys gutted out a tough 4-2 win over Marbury High School. The girls coasted to victory, shutting out Marbury 9-0.
BRHS boys v. Marbury
While the Wildcats pushed their record to 10-5-1 overall, BRHS boys soccer coach Sammy Teel was not impressed with the team’s performance.
“It was a tough game,” Teel said. “I didn’t think that we came out ready to play. I feel that Marbury outplayed us and my hat’s off to them. Marbury’s a young team, but they came ready to play and they played hard. They showed that anybody can beat anybody in our sectional.”
BRHS’ sectional record remained spotless, as it improved to 4-0 on the year.
Without leading assist man Grant Hudson and Franklin Staples in the lineup due to injury, the short-handed ‘Cats had to rely on defense and two penalty kick goals from Michael Speake to pull out the win.
“Cameron Rayfield and our defense saved us,” Teel said. “We were fortunate to get those two PK goals from Speake. We seemed to adjust to losing two starters (to injury), but we’re not good enough to not show up and expect to beat people.”
Cole Grogan and Blake Bailey each scored a goal for the Wildcats.
Next up for BRHS is a road game at Wetumpka this Friday. Teel said the team would need a stronger start if it wanted to win.
“We’ve got to come out and match the intensity of our opponents,” Teel said. “We’ve got to do a better job of that.”
BRHS girls v. Marbury
Eight different Lady Wildcats found the back of the net in a 9-0 win over Marbury. Bethany Miller scored twice for BRHS (13-4-1). Paxton Templin, Ciera Harrell, Christian Bolden Hallie Bain, Magan Brayman, Ruth Anne Ballard and Daly Wagoner also scored for the Lady ‘Cats.
BRHS girls soccer coach Meghan Bailey said that the team did a good job of playing to its potential.
“The girls came out and played to their level,” Bailey said. “They didn’t stoop down. The rainout of our game versus Sylacauga helped us rest up.”
Bailey said the team responded well to the realignment of the line-ups.
“I moved a lot of our girls around,” she said. “I found out that we can put people in different positions and still play well.”
Next for the Lady Wildcats is a road tilt against Wetumpka. BRHS has beaten Wetumpka earlier this season, but Bailey said that the past shouldn’t influence the present.
“We can’t go in thinking that we’ll win,” Bailey said. “We have to know that we can win, then go in and play to our capabilities. We have to act like we’ve never played them before.”