Soccer team goes 1-1 on week
A win over South Harrison and a loss to Williamstown last week put the Eagles’ soccer team record at 10-7-1 going into the last regular-season game.
Braxton’s 3-2 win over South Harrison came Tuesday in a game played on “terrible field conditions because of all the rain,” head coach Justin Whitford noted. The coach felt that the score, which he had expected to be higher “had to do with the field.” Mentioning pools of water in the middle of the field, he had instructed his players “to keep the ball on the sides of the field.” They didn’t, he explained, and the result was “We didn’t do what we should have been able to do.”
Against South Harrison, Hannah Dittman scored Braxton’s first goal 10 minutes into the game. Her score came from a corner kick from Makila Carr. Referring to this goal, Coach Whitford said, “That’s the way it’s supposed to work.”
Knights score another win
The Knights’ football squad came up with a 12-8 win over Richwood Middle School Thursday night, but Braxton coach James King said, “It wasn’t easy.” King commented that Richwood “had a good game plan and overall executed well but their turnovers hurt them.”
Describing the game, Coach King explained that the first quarter was “a defensive struggle on both sides” and mentioned that, with the Knights, “some new kids—seventh graders----had to fill in.” He also said, “Richwood came determined to run the ball down our throats, and they did just that.”
Ravenswood Red Devils defeat Eagles
Last Saturday night, Braxton coach Rob Cline took his squad of 21 football players to Ravenswood to play the number two AA team in the state as the school and the town were celebrating 100 years of football at Ravenswood High School. Ravenswood outscored Braxton 50-6 in a game which matched the Red Devils’ juniors and seniors against the Eagles’ [mostly] freshmen and sophomores. The game, however, did have some good points for Braxton.
To begin, as Coach Cline emphasized when he said, “I thought our kids fought hard. They never gave up,” the Eagles showed their pride in refusing to quit. Following the game, the Ravenswood coach, Cline said, “came to Braxton’s huddle following the game and asked to talk to our players.” Speaking to the players, the Red Devils’ coach told them that they were one of the best prepared teams he had seen all year. Cline noted, “He said the guys did a great job considering the youth of our players.”