‘Cats cruise vs. CarrollPublished 9:42pm Friday, March 14, 2014
The Benjamin Russell soccer teams remained ahead of the pack in area standings, as both the boys and girls won shutouts on the pitch versus Carroll (Ozark).
The Lady Wildcats prevailed 6-0, and the boys won handily by a score of 8-0.
Recaps of these games are as follows:
BRHS 6, Carroll 0 (girls)
After a sluggish start to the match, the Lady Wildcats woke up late in the first half to take down the Lady Eagles.
Carroll and BRHS battled to a stalemate for much of the opening half until Allyson Parmer took advantage of a Carroll miscue to find the twine and get the Lady Wildcats on the board.
From there, the goals started coming in relatively short order.
“We came out a little sluggish as we didn’t know what to expect and we had to make some adjustments based on their level of play,” said BRHS girls coach Meghan Bailey. “One that first goal happened, they started rolling. That was the Ben Russell I’m used to seeing. That was us.”
Bethany Miller, Payton Rye, Emily Pemberton, Daly Wagoner and Hallie Bain all scored for Benjamin Russell, who rode their defensive pressure to a win after gaining a sizable lead.
“I’d rather them play like their practicing, which means press the ball,” Bailey said. “I don’t like when my girls relax.”
BRHS’ girls return to action versus Marbury at 4 p.m. Monday.
BRHS 8, Carroll 0 (boys)
Hat tricks by Grant Hudson and Phillip Speake powered the Wildcats to a dominant area win over the Eagles.
In four area matches, BRHS has yet to allow a goal.
“I told the boys they needed to be ready to play,” said BRHS boys soccer coach Austin Teel. “I knew Carroll would come out hard and physical. This win puts us in the driver’s seat in the area.”
Cole Grogan also scored.
The Eagles attempted to press BRHS all night, but ball possession and movement eventually wore down Carroll’s attack.
“We wanted to possess the ball and make them chase it,” Teel said. “We got them tired, and we took advantage.”
BRHS has now won seven straight matches and will go for its eighth-straight win versus Marbury on Monday.