The Blue Ridge Early College varsity soccer team defeated the Summit Bears high school team at home in the season opener on Aug. 25 with a final of 5-2.
This was the first time BREC has played against Summit’s soccer team at the high school level. BREC CJ Jennings said it’s good to chalk up a win, but they have some things to work on before they start taking on larger 3A and 2A schools.
“We’ve got a tough schedule this season with some big schools coming up, but we’re going to be ready,” said Jennings. “We need to be tougher right out of the gate and work on our communication, but we haven’t come close to reaching our full potential.”
BREC Michael Martinez said they played against Summit well but have a lot of things to improve upon.
“I don’t think we played to our full potential, we have so much more to grow,” said Martinez. “We have a strong group coming up this season, especially our freshman, and with some work we’ll be able to handle whatever is coming our way.”
Several of Summit’s players on the high school team are middle schoolers, including 6th-grader Victoria Clement who scored a goal against the Bobcats and counts the day as a success.
“We went out there, worked hard, and did our best; overall it was a great day even with the loss,” said Clement.
Clement is new to the Summit squad and brings some experience from playing soccer out in California. She said had never seen the Bobcats play before, but had heard they were a tough team to beat.
“They were skilled and fast on the field, there were some really great players out there,” said Clement. “They obviously have a good coach, you can tell that the way they play on the field.”
Summit Taylor Robinson said it’s the start of a season and the bears will get better with more time on the field.
“I didn’t play great, but as a team we did pretty good,” said Robinson. “For a first game it wasn’t terrible, and I know we’ll get better. We just need to work on, well we need to work on everything, but we’ll get there.”
Pictured at the top of the article is Summit Wylie Hoffman going for the ball while airborne and colliding with BREC CJ Jennings’ face.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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