Wet day on the field ends in a loss for the Bobcats

The sun was shining but the field was anything but dry for the Blue Ridge Early College boys soccer team last week when they hosted Swain and ended up with a loss, 7-2.

BREC Eric Puskarich sends the ball down a wet field against Swain last week at home.

BREC Coach Nick Pressler said the field conditions weren’t great, but that’s not why they lost.

“I am proud of the way the boys are playing, we have not had a full team practice since we started due to so many players being on the basketball team,” said Pressler. “I think once we can get some reps in as a unit you will see different results. I am still trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.”

BREC Keeper Gustavo Morales is laser-focused on an incoming shot by Swain.

The Bobcat’s 2 goals were scored by Michael Martinez and Jacob Pressler. Coach Pressler said there were some issues with some of the calls, but the Bobcats played through it.

BREC Carsen Williams moves down field with space to breathe against Swain at home.

“I think we played well and kept working no matter the score,” he said. “I think losing the third ref in the second half resulted in 2 goals for Swain. They were definitely offsides and the center judge missed it.”

BREC Korbin Walters just blasts off for a header against Swain.

BREC Alexis Hervert boots the ball to the other end of the field.

BREC CJ Jennings stays with his mark against Swain last week at home.

BREC Levi Walters controls a line-drive pass.

BREC Derrick Bryson flies out of nowhere to block a Swain pass.

BREC Jacob Pressler throws the ball in against Swain at home.

BREC Kaleb Fugate brings the ball out of the danger zone and moves down field.

BREC Michael Martinez put one in the back of the net against Swain last week, but is pictured above being told to hurry up and kick it by one referee, and another is urgently telling him to wait.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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