Sadie McAbee. Miraina
Attacking with steam, Bradley Central junior Reagan Harrold started the Cleveland Classic with a bang.
After Polk County netted the first score from Sadie McAbee's perfectly placed penalty kick, Harrold took off.
Reading the ball well, she sprinted down the middle and blasted a shot to the back right of the net from about 15 yards out.
Led by junior keeper Lillian Lawson and senior Anna Stouffer, the Bearette defense did not budge the rest of the way.
While Cambree Mayo was out with a high ankle sprain, Harrold starred with a hat trick in the 4-1 victory at the Greater Cleveland Soccer Complex Thursday evening.
"Tonight was a complete team effort," Harrold said. "Megan Chess came in and did very well and we played together as a team. To land a hat trick is a great feeling, especially with one of our top scorers down. When you can help your team like that it's a great feeling."
Bradley continued its undefeated mark outside of district play, as Harrold took control of the offense along with the likes of Wendy Mendez, Haley Esquinance, Sophia Beachboard and Chess.
A freshman attacking forward in Angel Zuniga provided solid minutes with several strong runs at the net along with sophomore Malia Breckenridge.
The Bearettes (8-2-1) played physical and fought their way down field to unleash 28 shots.
Gomez gave BC the lead for good with a beautifully placed line-drive kick to the upper left corner in the 16th minute. She just missed another a mere inches too high.
With just a 2-1 lead at the break on a scorching day with 92 degree temperature at start time, Harrold provided the daggers.
She tacked on a PK along with a score from the left side on an assist from Breckenridge with just eight minutes left to pull away.
Harrold now has seven goals on the season.
"I am impressed with Reagan tonight," first-year BC head coach Savannah Edwards said. "The way she attacked is exactly what we look for out of her. She owned up and placed strong shots on goal."
Lawson was a strong force in the net with six saves, which included a sliding stop on her knees to turn away a hard shot on goal.
After losing Mayo late in a hard fought district match against Walker Valley Tuesday, her teammates responded and hope to try and bring back a Cleveland Classic championship for her.
The Bearettes only trail Soddy-Daisy in tournament points, as the Lady Trojans defeated the Cleveland Lady Raiders 5-0.
BC will not play today, as the team will get to watch a fierce crosstown gridiron rivalry, but will take on Hardin Valley (4-5-1) at 9 a.m. and East Hamilton (0-9-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Greater Cleveland Soccer Complex.
"With us being done with district play until the postseason, this tournament gives us opportunities to put some things together and different looks," Edwards said. "We want to be ready for playoff time."
For Harrold and company, a Cleveland Classic title is what they are shooting for this weekend.
"We would love to win this Classic," Harrold said. "Cambree has been very encouraging to us and we hope she will be back to help us in the district tournament. She may not play, but she is here with us for the long run."
With an .800 winning percentage to begin a new era under Edwards, the players have taken well to her teachings.
"Savannah is doing great," Harrold said. "She had us in great shape to begin the season. Now, we are really focused on putting everything all together. I think our team is very capable of winning the district tournament if we continue to build."
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN 3, WALKER VALLEY 2
Out of the gate a state tournament like team performance was put on by the Lady Mustangs, as they had the nightcap match in the first day of the Cleveland Classic.
With fluent passes and a fortified wall, which hardly led the Lady Eagles break 10 yards down on the attacking side of the pitch, an impressive start was landed.
Continuing to be a nightmare for any opponent, WV senior Kendall Harris crossed to Macy Gibson who pounded the back net for the first score.
An emerging talent in sophomore midfielder Megan Salazar booted one to the high right of the back net for a 2-nil lead in the 21st minute.
A back line of defense led by keeper Miraina Patel, Jadra Martinez, Madison Shean, Beau Niech and Jordyn Biscoe negated much progress the first 25 minutes.
However, Class A's state runner up from 2017 responded.
Signal Mountain (8-1-1) picked up its first score from Natasha Kohl and then found a breakthrough again in the 35th minute to send the match into a tie at the half.
Walker Valley (6-4) exerted energy, but fell just short in the second half as strong runs could not find the back net.
The Lady Eagles landed the decisive goal in the 53rd minute on a strong counter attack.
"Signal Mountain is a very good team and will be going to the state tournament again this year I am sure," WV head coach Nathan Brown said. "We started off pretty strong. Our movement and combination passes were really strong. We were pressing high.
"We let it slip today. Our momentum slowed down a little bit. When momentum swings it's tough to get back. We came back with intensity in the second half, but I would say I am happy with 70 percent of the performance. Against good teams you can't turn the switch off."
Brown hopes to see greater communication and intensity the rest of the tournament as his group prepares for a tough finish to the regular season in district play with Ooltewah (7-3-2) and McMinn County (8-1-1).
The Lady Mustangs will take on East Hamilton 9 a.m. Saturday along with Cookeville at 5 p.m. Saturday.
SODDY-DAISY 5, CLEVELAND 0
Olivia Hutt and Elaina McDaniel had strong runs at the net, but the Lady Trojans (7-2) were too much for the Lady Raiders (2-9-1) in the Classic opener.
Cleveland will take on Polk County (3-4) today at 4 p.m.
Other matches today include Soddy-McMinn Central, Cookeville-Signal Mountain, East Hamilton-Maryville.
MARYVILLE 3, COOKEVILLE 1
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