LadyDogs' soccer ties Harlandale in scrimmage
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Lady Bulldogs soccer team continued their preparation for the 2014 regular season with a scrimmage against the Harlandale Indians last week. The ladies played a hard fought game and came out with a 1-1 tie in their final tune up before the season opener.
"We started slow and as a result were down at the half," head coach Adam Spiegelman said. "I was very happy with the effort in the second half when we started putting the pressure on Harlandale."
The Lady Bulldogs second scrimmage of the pre-season certainly didn't demonstrate the offensive power seen in the opening scrimmage against the Our Lady of the Hills Hawks, a game in which the ladies were able to score 11 goals.
"Getting better ball movement through the middle will definitely help us get more chances to score moving forward into the regular season," senior Lyric Parker said. "Our communication as a team also needs to improve."
Parker was the leader for the Lady Bulldog offense, getting the equalizing goal in the second half on an assist from sophomore Annie Fritz. In the two scrimmages the ladies have played thus far, Fritz and Parker have combined to score 7 of the 12 goals for the Lady Bulldogs. Fritz and Parker will undoubtedly be the keys to the Lady Bulldogs offensive successes moving on through the season.
"They have been awesome! Those two set the tone for the rest of the team on a daily basis and it's great as a coach to have such positive leaders on your team," Spiegelman said.
Defensively, senior goalie Amber Delgado had seven saves to keep the game with Harlandale tied.
"Amber has played really well in the two scrimmages," Spiegelman said. "We need her to continue to play well as the regular season begins this week."
The tie puts the Lady Bulldogs with a 1-0-1 record in scrimmages, and the team began the regular season on Tuesday against the Wimberley Texans. The ladies will head to Pleasanton tomorrow and Saturday to take part in their first tournament of the season.
"I'm really excited to finally start he regular season! The girls have been working really hard since December 2nd and we finally get the chance to kick off the season," Spiegelman said. "Opening with Wimberley is special because it's a rivalry and a team that we will likely see in our district in the future."