Lady Wildcats unable to stop Briarwood ChristianPublished 8:31am Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats have been able to answer most challenges this season.
However, they were stumped by Claudia Day and the Briarwood Christian Lady Lions, as BRHS’ season came to an end in a 7-2 defeat.
The Lady ‘Cats roared out of the gate to start things off, as early pressure led to a breakaway chance for Bethany Miller, who promptly found the twine to give Benjamin Russell the lead early in the first half.
Briarwood Christian then answered, running their offense through Day.
“I think once we saw (Day), we kind of got intimidated by her,” said BRHS girls soccer coach Meghan Bailey. “I don’t think we got outplayed by Briarwood, but she outplayed us. We prepared for her, but there was nothing we could do. Our girls never gave up, though.”
After Day tied things up on a header from a corner kick, she proceeded to net two of the Lady Lions’ next three goals, as a 4-0 run put the Lady Wildcats down three.
Benjamin Russell cut into the lead thanks to a penalty kick from Karena Naranjo. Naranjo’s first attempt was saved, but an infraction by Briarwood Christian led to a re-kick.
In the second half, Day put it away , scoring the Lady Lions’ three second-half goals, all via headers.
“Their plan was to get it to her head,” Bailey said. “We knew what they were going to do, but we just couldn’t help it. She’s 10 feet taller than all of us, and she beat us to the ball every time. But we’ll only get better from here.”