Wildcats crush Eufaula, 6-1Published 11:23am Wednesday, April 10, 2013
After a loss to Sylacauga over the weekend, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats boys soccer team wanted to bounce back and put one in the win column.
Behind multi-goal games from three of their players, the Wildcats did just that, dropping the Eufaula Tigers 6-1 to remain undefeated in sectional play.
BRHS (14-6-1) controlled the ball for much of the opening half, but boys soccer coach Sammy Teel said he felt the team was not at its best early on.
“In this game, Eufaula came out with great intensity in the first half,” Teel said.
Despite that, the Wildcats were able to secure a 3-0 advantage by the end of the first half.
After missing chances early on, BRHS got on the board in the 29th minute thanks to Sam Sturdivant, who was able to control a save that bounced off the Tigers’ goalkeeper and put it in the net at point blank range.
The Wildcats scored three minutes later when Matthew Anderson baited the Tigers’ goalie into committing before making a cross-field assist to Cole Grogan, who easily scored.
Andy Myer added the third goal with less than two minutes left in the half when he buried a shot in the top right corner.
The Wildcats came out much more quickly in the second half, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes.
Grogan added his second goal on a breakaway at the 47th minute and Myer scored seconds later when he landed a shot in the top left corner.
“It’s good to see Grogan get back to scoring,” Teel said. “I also liked how Andy was able to bounce back after not playing well against Sylacauga.”
Eufaula scored in the 56th minute after knocking a Blake Chappell save that bounced off his hands into the net.
BRHS scored its final goal off of an inbounds pass from Anderson that Sturdivant put in the net with a header.
“That header was perfect,” Teel said.
The Wildcats remain on top of area standings and have three area games left: versus Stanhope-Elmore, Carroll-Ozark and Marbury. Each game is on the road.
If BRHS wins two of those three games, they clinch the area and will host a playoff game.
The Wildcats have bigger aspirations, however.
“We want to finish out our sectional play undefeated,” Teel said.