The Lady Bobcats finished up the second year of Blue Ridge Early College’s soccer program with a final record of 4-6, but won their last four games with wins against Swain County twice, Murphy, and Hayesville.
“I think we’re on track with where we need to be,” said BREC Coach Nick Pressler. “With only 11 players, we finished up the season with two girls named to All-Conference and one Honorable Mention.”
BREC Mercedes McLaughlin and Brenda Rodriguez were named All-Conference, and Holly Foss was an Honorable Mention. Foss said she thinks the team is making progress.
“This is season was pretty good for me compared to freshman year when I had really no idea what we were doing,” said Foss. “But we all improved so much compared to then and I think we had a lot of fun.”
BREC Goalie Gracie Watson said it was a tough season, but they are making progress.
“We could have done so much better,” said Watson. “We have a young team, so hopefully in the future we’ll improve.”
Watson said she tried playing goalie last year and it was fun, so she stuck with it. However, life in the box can get tense.
“In a one-on-one situation you have to decide whether to come out and defend or stay in the goal, and you only have a couple seconds to decide,” she said.
BREC loses seniors Bailee Collins, Jazi Ferrin, Chloe Fowler, Brenda Rodriguez, and Arelli Romero. Pressler said they will be missed.
“Their leadership, both on and off the field,” said Pressler. “When the chips were down, they didn’t quit. They’re a big reason we started the girls’ soccer program. We have 7 girls coming back so we have a good foundation, but you never know what next year brings.”
Foss said it difficult to predict how the Lady Bobcats do next season.
“I think next year is going be rough,” said Foss. “The seniors that we’re losing are pretty much the ones who have been keeping the teams together, and with not knowing what freshman will play sports, it’s tough to tell.”
Photos from BREC versus Swain at home on April 15.