Bradley Bears fall to Coffee in soccer
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
May 01, 2013 | 425 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BRADLEY GOALKEEPER Hunter Higgins dives to make a save during Tuesday night’s match against Coffee County. The Bears ultimately fell to the visitors 4-0. Banner Photo, SARALYN NORKUS
BRADLEY GOALKEEPER Hunter Higgins dives to make a save during Tuesday night’s match against Coffee County. The Bears ultimately fell to the visitors 4-0. Banner Photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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With the regular season coming to a close, most teams are scurrying to build up as much momentum as possible to fuel their fast-nearing postseason.

Unfortunately for Bradley Central, Tuesday night’s match against Coffee County dealt them their ninth loss in what has been a tumultuous season.

By the time that the final few minutes of the match had run down, the Raiders had a solid 4-0 win over the Bears.

The first Coffee County goal came five minutes into the game and was quickly followed by a second goal just three minutes later.

The Bears were able to hold the visitors out of their zone for the next 20 minutes, until a Raider was able to kick in the third goal.

Bradley Central found themselves trailing by three goals going into the next 40 minutes of play. That deficit soon increased by one more, as Coffee County got their final goal of the game just six minutes into the second half.

The Raiders found themselves awarded a penalty kick near the last twenty minutes of the match and gave their goalkeeper the chance to add one more goal to the scoreboard.

It was goalie versus goalie, but the Coffee County goalkeeper, while being able to shut out the Bears, was unable to pose a direct scoring threat on the penalty kick.

It wasn’t until the last five minutes of play that Bradley Central was finally able to break past the Raiders’ defense and register a couple shots on goal.

The late surge by the Black-and-Gold was unable to change the tide of the match, as they finished out with a goose egg on the scoreboard.

The Bears have one final match left to build some momentum up for their postseason. On Thursday, they are slated to take on visiting Sequoyah at 6:30 p.m.

The following day they begin 5-AAA tournament play, traveling to Athens for a 5 p.m. game against the number two seeded Cherokees.