The Union Recorder

March 25, 2014

Baldwin takes two against Greene Co.

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Strong performances were had by both the girls' and boys' soccer teams at Baldwin High Friday night as each earned a win over Greene County at home.

Coming off a tough loss earlier in the week, the Bravettes took down the Lady Tigers 5-1 to gain a renewed confidence before taking on region opponents this week.

“I was really impressed with how they worked together as a team,” girls' head coach Marde Ray said. “I really think it's important for our confidence going into this week because we're going to need it against two region teams.”

Tori Hood led the squad with four goals, while Lexi Wacenske notched the team's fifth point of the contest.

“The offense was stronger in this game than they have in the past few games,” Ray said. “We focused a lot on communication, and the communication was a little more present.”

BHS allowed the Lady Tigers only one score in the match; however, goalkeeper Chryslin Robinson stayed busy deflecting the opponent's shots throughout the evening.

“I think our keeper, Chryslin Robinson had close to 30 saves,” Ray said. “She's a pretty strong keeper, but that's probably the best game she's played all season.”

Similarly, the boys came away from the night with a big win over Greene County, earning a 7-1 victory.

“I was glad that we were able to go ahead and finish on Friday, and put up as many points as we did,” boys' head coach Clayton McClendon said. “I expected it to be a little bit closer game, but I thought we'd come away with a victory because we played them earlier in the year and won 6-3, but we were missing three of our starters. I know they have some talented players.”

The Braves keeper, Jonathon Eady, held the Tigers to only one goal the entire night.

“Jonathan Eady had another good game,” McClendon said. “He was really vocal in the goal.”

Offensively, James Bell continued to show his prowess by scoring an impressive five goals on Friday night, followed by Rudy Webb and Jared Ray, both of which finished with a point each.

McClendon believes the momentum from Friday's win is precisely what the Braves needed after falling earlier in the week.

“Especially after that loss earlier in the week, it was great to get a win in the week,” he said. “Friday night is probably our most complete game.

The head coach admits BHS must play complete games if the Braves plan on taking down Veterans tonight and West Laurens later in the week.

“We've still got to play better than we did on Friday to beat Veterans - they were a sweet 16 team last year, so we've got our work cut out for us,” McClendon said.

The BHS soccer teams hope to carry their momentum into this week's match-ups against top-ranked region opponents.

Ray and McClendon continue to be encouraged by the support the two squads have received thus far in the season.

“Just glad we had people come out and support us,” McClendon said. “Hope they come out and support us this week.”