By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Lady Bulldogs soccer team continued their push for a playoff berth on Monday March 10 against the Medina Valley Panthers, and played hard the whole game before falling by a final score of 1-0.
"It was very hard to come out of the game with a loss," senior Lyric Parker said. "We had so much confidence thinking that we were going to be able to pull out a win."
The game for the Lady Bulldogs was much different than the first matchup against the Panthers in which the ladies fell 3-1. This time around, Bandera held Medina Valley scoreless at halftime, and with a 0-0 score at the break, the team was in good position to pull out a win.
"We went into half time feeling confident with our play, just needing to improve on the little things," sophomore Annie Fritz said.
The biggest improvement this time around were largely due to an increased defensive intensity, led by seniors Taylor Schultz and Alex Joyer, freshman Shelby Canales, and sophomore Emma Degoes.
"I thought the defense played great, especially being under so much pressure," head coach Adam Spiegelman said. "We needed to have more possessions offensively to give our defense a break."
The lone goal for the Panthers came near the halfway point of the second half, on a devastating shot by a Medina Valley forward. The Lady Bulldogs struggled to control the possession as Spiegelman said, and were unable to get an equalizer goal late in the second half.
"We need to be more consistent and dictate the game more," Spiegelman said. "We have to make our opponents play our game."
The young Lady Bulldogs team played against Memorial last night, and will play in their final game of the 2014 season on March 18 against the Uvalde Coyotes in Bandera with game times beginning at 5 pm.