Blue Ridge girls soccer team earns first victory of inaugural program

The Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity soccer team played through rain, shine, sleet, and snow on Thursday at home against Cherokee and walked away with a 5-1 win scoring the first victory of the inaugural girls soccer program.

“They handled it very well,” said BREC Head Coach Nick Pressler. “They didn’t act like they won the World Series. Winning is something that this team has the potential to do a lot of. However, the first victory for a program that is in its infancy is always something to remember.”

BREC girls soccer team runs back to position in the sleet after Brenda Rodriguez puts one in the back of the net. BREC beat Cherokee 5-1 on Thursday earning their first victory of the inaugural girls soccer program.

BREC switched some people around and the team responded well, said Pressler. Jazmin Ferrin had a hat trick, and Kaitlyn Stewart and Brenda Rodriguez each put one in the back of the net. He added that Charlotte Sherrill played a great game and blocked two penalty kicks.

“It was a team effort and the girls are starting to play as a unit on both sides of the ball,” said Pressler. “I really think this win will be a motivator for them. They know they can do it and I think we will only improve from here. This is a team that has only been in existence a short time. It is exciting to see the potential of this group.”

BREC Jazi Ferrin controls a line drive against Cherokee on Thursday.

Pressler said they still need to do a better job of controlling the midfield and playing team defense, but that will come with time. He said the support the community has shown for this first-girls team has been tremendous.

“I really am thankful to those who have come out and supported these girls,” he said. “They are a special group that has the potential to do great things.”

BREC Charlotte Sherrill stops a break away against Cherokee on Thursday.

BREC Gracie Watson passes the ball to the middle against Cherokee.

BREC Kaitlyn Stewart jostles for position against Cherokee.

BREC girls varsity soccer team wins their first victory of the inaugural program on Thursday against Cherokee.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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