Blue Ridge girls varsity soccer team loses at home to Swain

Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity soccer team lost 2-0 against Swain last Thursday at home. BREC Head Coach Nick Pressler said the Lady Bobcats soccer team is a new program and it’s a work in progress.

“This team is still trying to find its identity on the offensive side,” said Pressler. “I think as a first-year program they are well ahead of where most people thought they would be.”

BREC Brenda Rodriguez sneaks up from behind and makes the steal against Swain last Thursday. BREC lost 2-0.

Several of BREC’s players said they can see the improvements the team makes each week and for many it’s their first time playing at a competitive level.

“I have several girls that have never played organized soccer,” said Pressler. “It is fun watching them learn the game and the techniques and rules that come with it. They have been very receptive to the culture and philosophy that we are trying to instill. We still have plenty of time to turn this season around.”

BREC Kaitlyn Stewart makes a header against Swain last Thursday at home.

He added that the back line really started to play as a unit and feels they found a good combination of girls that have been working hard to solidify the defense.

“If they stick with it, they are going to be really strong in years to come,” said Pressler. “All in all, everyone is keeping a good attitude. Losing is not fun, but with every loss they are learning things that we need to work on. Swain is leading the conference right now, so to hold them to 2 is an accomplishment. They had some skilled players and I think we did a really good job of making their scorers work hard to get good shots. Our keeper (Charlotte Sherrill) did a good job of denying the easy ones.”

BREC Jazi Ferrin kicks it up to the offense against Swain on Thursday.

BREC next plays away at 6 p.m. against Franklin.

Results from yesterday’s Blue Ridge versus Highlands coming shortly.

BREC Ashley Alvarez keeps the pressure on Swain at home last week.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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