Blue Ridge girls soccer team takes down Tri-County with authority

The Lady Bobcats came out running and gunning against Tri-County Early College last week ending with a final of 8-1. Blue Ridge Early College Head Coach Nick Pressler shifted players around on the field, including putting Gracie Watson and Holly Foss up on offense.

“We did a much better job of possessing the ball, moving the ball forward, and keeping it up there,” said Pressler.

BREC Ali Minnihan suited up as the goalie in the second half against Tri-County Early College last week. BREC won 8-1.

He added that when you get that kind of a lead it’s an opportunity that should be seized.

“People got to hit the field who don’t usually see playing time,” said Pressler. “Otherwise, you’re just losing an opportunity keeping your starters in.”

BREC Charlotte Sherrill got a chance to get up-field for a change after Ali Minnihan took over as goalie.

An ongoing theme for BREC has been working on moving the ball up to the front line to help put some points on the board. Pressler said he’s seeing a lot of improvement, but there’s still work to be done in that area.

“We’re going to work on controlling the mid-field and then get it up to the forwards as a team,” he said. “All in all, I’m proud, it was a great game.”

BREC Holly Foss, and many other Lady Bobcats, kept consistent pressure on Tri-County’s goalie last week.

BREC Ali Minnihan tossed on the goalie’s jersey and spent some time in the box giving Charlotte Sherrill some time up on offense. Minnihan said she recently began testing out the goalie position during practice and enjoys it.

“I really like it, but I need to work on knowing where I am in the box and I never know if I should come out or stay in the box,” she said.

BREC Areli Romero gets in position before making the center cross against Tri-County.

BREC Angelica Ambrocio said their passes against Tri-County were spot on and they need to continue that trend.

“We passed well all night, and we passed a lot,” said Ambrocio. “We did great and we worked really well as a team. But we need to keep up our passing.”

BREC Katie Stewart drills a shot at Tri-County’s goalie last week.

BREC Allison Morales said her mental game was on point after some sage advice from Coach Pressler.

“It was fun,” said Morales. “I didn’t think about making mistakes because Coach told us not to worry about it. I was less nervous and I played a lot better.”

BREC Maddy Potts isn’t about to give up possession of the ball against Tri-County.

The Lady Bobcats next play at 6 p.m. on Thursday away against Hayesville.

BREC Holly Foss and a Tri-County player use their bodies to gain control of the ball.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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