Bobcats win 6 in a row

By Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News

The Blue Ridge Early College boys varsity soccer team have been on a victorious rampage winning the past 6 consecutive games, most recently beating Cherokee on the road 9-0 on Wednesday.

BREC Levi Walters scans up the field before clearing the ball at home against Hayesville on Sept. 7.

The win against Cherokee is the Bobcats 3rd consecutive 9-0 win, ending the game early via the mercy rule.

After beating Andrews 9-0 at home on Monday, BREC Coach Nick Pressler said things are coming together.

“We had a lot of opportunities that we missed in both halves,” he said. “We are starting to play better soccer. We have been spreading the ball to multiple people. I really think our midfield and backline are getting better at working with one another.”

BREC William Russell makes a stop against Andrews at home on Sept. 18.

The Bobcats have a 6-3-1 record, including two losses to Franklin and one to Pisgah early in the season.

“I really think that the losses to Franklin and Pisgah allowed this team to grow,” said Pressler. “It gave us the opportunity to gauge where we were as a team. Tying Smoky at Smoky gave the team confidence that we were headed in the right direction. Now we just need to keep getting better every game.”

BREC Eric Puskarich weaves his way out of trouble against Andrews.

A 6-game winning streak is good, but Pressler said there’s still work to be done.

“We still have not played a complete 80 minutes of good soccer,” he said. “Goal Scoring has been spread out this year with multiple goals from multiple players. We have only allowed 1 goal in conference play. This team is working hard and still growing as a unit.”

BREC Ethan Henson gets clear before sending the ball up the field against Hayesville.

BREC has a week off before hosting Highlands on Sept. 27. Pictured at the top of the article is BREC Braulio Loma controlling a goal kick with his chest before moving down the field.

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BREC Jeysson Soriano Diaz tries to bend the laws of physics to score on Hayesville with a header.

BREC Markus Alcantar picks off an Andrews pass.

BREC Isaiah Palestino brings the ball up the field against Hayesville at home.

BREC Miguel Juan-Julian heads the ball centering it in front of Hayesville’s goal.

BREC Hunter Kinsey stops an attack by Andrews’ offense.

Abraham Pineda races a Hayesville player for the ball at home.

BREC Dakota Kinsey brings the ball down the field under pressure from Hayesville.

The Bobcats celebrate after Markus Alcantar scores a goal against Hayesville.

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