The oppressive heat and humidity were not enough to keep Bradley Central’s offense down Thursday evening as the Bearettes were able to beat Red Bank by a double digit margin on the soccer pitch.
Six different Bradley players were able beat the Lady Lions’ goalkeeper, some multiple times, to give the Bearettes the 10-0 victory over the visitors.
“We switched some things up. We put our main people who have a lot of offensive action in the back to help out with coverage and let some of the girls who are usually back there play around at the top,” Bradley head coach Chrissy McKinney said.
The scoring got started eight minutes into game with a goal by senior captain Monse Rincon. Less than a minute later junior Caley Jones got her first goal of the match.
Sophomore captain Haley Yarber was fouled inside the box two minutes later and capitalized on the ensuing penalty kick with her first of four goals for the evening.
Jones would make it 4-0 with only 12 minutes lost from the clock.
Senior Megan Howell’s shot that bounced off the crossbar set up Yarber for the fifth goal of the first half.
In the final eight minutes of the first half, Yarber was able to score on a free kick that was 10 yards outside of the box.
The Bearettes got things going again a little over 10 minutes into the second half with a goal from Howell.
Red Bank’s best chance at seeing some offensive action came from a free kick about halfway through the second. Bradley senior Emma Brown was able to block the shot, though, effectively dashing the Lady Lions’ hopes to get on the scoreboard.
With 15 minutes left in the second half Yarber was able to get her fourth and final goal of the evening, putting the Bearettes up 8-0.
Bradley’s backup keeper, sophomore Tara Blackwell, got the team’s ninth goal a little less than two minutes later.
Junior Kaitlyn Enriques got the last Bearette goal in the final minutes of play, which came off the corner from Jones.
Due to the 92 degree heat and high humidity the match was a slow one, despite what the scoreboard reflected.
“I’m glad it was a slower-paced game because it was pretty hot out here and I saw it affecting my girls, too,” McKinney commented.
While a slower pace was acceptable for Thursday’s match, McKinney that the Bearettes’ speed of play is something that still needs work.
“Really, our speed of play has got to improve, and I think that playing stronger teams will cause that for us,” McKinney explained.
Bradley’s next game will be Tuesday at 6 p.m., at Signal Mountain. According to McKinney, the Lady Eagles should prove to be quite a challenging opponent for the 3-0 Bearettes.
“I think we’re probably going to have our hands full and will have to really work for a win there,” McKinney said. “I’m looking forward to the competition.”
BEARETTES 10, LADY LIONS 0
Halftime score: 6-0. Goals: Haley Yarber 4, Caley Jones 2, Monse Rincon, Megan Howell, Tara Blackwell, Kaitlyn Enriques. Assists: Jones. Record: Bradley Central 3-0.