The Cougars had other plans.
They brought a physical game that soon lead to a score and 1-1 tie. Both teams battled on, playing with more skill and fierceness than I have seen. As the intensity increased, the Blackhawk coach couldn’t contain his emotions. He was shown a yellow card immediately followed by a red card and ejection, leaving his coaching duties to the assistant.
The lady Bridgers continued to play with physicality and skill Blackhawk just couldn’t match. After wearing down the Cougars, Kate McKissic’s assist gave Megan Guthrie her second goal of the night. Gretchen Oslick added another putting the team up 3-1. Taylor Mealie’s athleticism and strong defensive presence had her win ball after ball controlling the center of the field. Taylor also provided some offense with a goal and 4-1 lead.
Blackhawk still pressed on trying to narrow the gap. After a foul in the box, the Cougars had high hopes to score on a penalty kick. With the odds against her, Ambridge keeper, Brooke Lively made a diving save shutting down the Cougars and keeping the score at 4-1.
The Bridger girls’ soccer team demonstrated outstanding skill, effort, and class against a tough opponent. Coach Helsel’s support on the sidelines was heard throughout the game.
Home games are played at Moe Rubenstein Stadium at High School.
Next Home Games:September 28
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