‘Cats sting HornetsPublished 3:19pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats viewed their Tuesday night matchup versus Chelsea as a playoff primer.
Turns out, the Wildcats had their expectations met and then some, as BRHS had to hold off a late Hornets charge to defeat Chelsea 3-2.
BRHS dominated the first half, with goals by Franklin Staples and Cole Grogan giving the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead at the half.
“It was a great win for us,” BRHS coach Austin Teel said. “The first half went well. We knew what we were going against, and we knew we had to come out aggressive in those first 15 minutes, as we always want to. The boys were ready for this game. We knew Chelsea was a playoff type of team, and we were ready to play.”
In the second half, the visiting Hornets found their groove, maintaining possession for much of the period.
BRHS appeared to sow up the game when Phillip Speake scored on a penalty kick to make it 3-0.
Eventually, miscues from Benjamin Russell cost the Wildcats as Chelsea found the twine two times in the final 18 minutes.
From there, the Wildcats’ defense stiffened up.
“We played really sound defense in the back end as Michael Mann and Michael Speake led us,” Teel said. “Outside of those two mistakes, (BRHS goalkeeper) Scott Sturdivant had an excellent game. We knew they were going to come out really hard after being down 2-0 and give us all they had. We held tough until the end.”
With a victory over Chelsea, Teel said he feels pretty good about the Wildcats’ chances going forward.
“I think this definitely gives our guys some confidence,” Teel said. “We know what our goal is, and we haven’t lost sight of it nor been blinded by it.”