Blue Ridge girls varsity soccer team loses to Hayesville at home

It was the first home game of the season for the Lady Bobcats soccer team against Hayesville on Monday and Blue Ridge Early College fell a little short of the win, but held their heads high after a 2-4 final score. Head Coach Nick Pressler said the team uses losses like Hayesville to improve and come back stronger.

“The girls played well coming off spring break without a practice,” said Pressler. “We lost 4-2 but saw some good things. We need to do a better job of getting the ball forward and moving behind the defense. We also need to do a better job of winning the 50-50 balls, this will come with time and reps.”

BREC Mystery Knope kicks the ball out of the danger zone against Hayesville on Monday at home. BREC lost 2-4.

After a 3-0 loss to Swain, Hayesville was the second game of the season and players like BREC Devon Heenan who said as a new team, there’s a learning curve and they see improvement after each day.

“We did a lot better it being our second game and all,” said Heenan. “But we need to work on communication and attacking the ball, we need to be more aggressive. Without an offense, you don’t have anything.”

Heenan and her teammates are not letting the losses ruin their attitude, they are staying positive and looking ahead.

“We’re doing well for being such a new team,” said Heenan. “We have such good athletes, I think the soccer program is really going to be successful in the future.”

BREC Maddy Potts collides with a Hayesville player at home on Monday.

For many players like Heenen, this is their first time playing competitive soccer.

“It’s exciting and a fun experience,” said Heenan. “I didn’t know if I’d like it, but I went to a couple of practices and now I really like it.”

BREC Charlotte Sherrill is also new to competitive soccer and wanted to play goalie.

“I chose it because every sport I play is with my hands, this way I was able to use my hands,” said Sherrill. “It’s pretty stressful, but I like to see everything that going on from the goal.”

She added that she thought it was great BREC began a girls soccer team and joined up to have some fun.

“I love to play sports, and it’s something to do in the off-season to stay in shape,” she said. “And I love my team and the girls at my school.”

Jazi Ferrin kicks the ball up to the midfield against Hayesville on Monday.

BREC faces off at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at home against Cherokee. After the game on Monday Pressler said he likes what he sees in the team’s progress and is looking forward to playing Cherokee.

“We are ahead of where I thought I would be at this point,” he said. “We will learn from this game and now have two days of practice to prepare for Cherokee. Hayesville’s front line was good and our defense allowed them to force the issue. We know what we need to work on.”

BREC Angelica Ambrocio controls the ball and dishes it off the Dallas Dean in midfield.

BREC Gracie Watson (on right) takes a knee against Hayesville after a collision left a Hayesville player down.

BREC Dallas Dean maintains her position against Hayesville on Monday.

BREC Charlotte Sherrill jumps and tips the ball into the crossbar against Hayesville.

BREC girls soccer team next plays at 4:30 p.m.at home on Thursday against Cherokee.

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