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Lady Bulldogs start soccer season strong

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

The Lady Bulldogs soccer team began the 2014 soccer season on Saturday January 4 with a dominant win in a scrimmage against the Our Lady of the Hills Hawks by a score of 11-2. The Ladies are seeking a fourth straight bi-district championship this season, and certainly began the season on the right foot.
"They have an unbelievable competitive spirit and are always looking to build on the things we are doing well," Spiegelman said.
The biggest strength of the team against the Hawks was certainly the offense. With McKenna Mangold, last season's District 55-4A Offensive MVP now playing at the college level, the Lady Bulldogs needed a new offensive leader to emerge. Sophomore Annie Fritz stood out as the leader of the high powered offense for the ladies, scoring four goals in the win.
"We did a really good job passing the ball around and getting it through the gaps in their defense," Fritz said.
In the overpowering win, the Lady Bulldogs were able to spread the wealth around on offense, and five different players scored goals. Fritz led the way with four, sophomore Andrea Felice and senior Lyric Parker each scored two, junior Jordan Fazio scored one, and senior Daylyn Howe scored one. Good passing led to open shots for the ladies, and seniors Cheyanne Jenkins and Parker led the way with two assists while junior Kate Martin also had one assist.
"It's huge positive for us to have so many girls that can score," Spiegelman said. "Opposing teams have to account for everyone on the field instead of accounting for a select few."
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs shut out the Hawks in the first half and went into halftime ahead 10-0. In the second half the Hawks were able to score two goals, but Spiegelman was still impressed with the play of his defense.
"I was very happy with the defensive effort," Spiegelman said. "I ask a lot of the defense and they responded very well!"
The scrimmage win will set up the Lady Bulldogs with a lot of momentum going into the regular season that begins on Tuesday January 14 against Wimberley. The ladies had another scrimmage on Tuesday January 7 against Harlandale with results to follow next week.
"Wimberley is a rival and a very good team and the girls are excited to open the regular season with a big game! I expect to see tough defense, good passing, movement off the ball, and a great effort from start to finish," Spiegelman said.