Strong to the finish
Friday, September 6, 2013
The Bedford High School girls soccer team is learning on the job.
That was evident Wednesday on the Bulldogs’ game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Bishop Guertin.
Johanna Celli’s shot from just outside the box went high and hit off the cross bar. The rebound came right out in front, and Saylor Clark beat two Bishop Guertin defenders to put the ball in the back of the net.
“That was learning from experience, I would hope, because we had one in the first half and everyone stood still,” Bedford coach Michelle Winning said of the first goal. “The second time, we weren’t letting that happen again.
“We played well at times, and at times, we didn’t play so well. Give BG credit, they took it to us for a while.”
Once they got the goal, the Bulldogs (2-0 in Division I) didn’t sit back.
Regan Schiappa added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute, putting a nice shot high into the far corner over goalkeeper Maggie Tremblay, with Janelle Makmann getting the assist.
“They got a taste at that point,” Winning said. “It’s been 0-0 for a long time, and we kind of took the momentum, which is good to see. It was nice to see them stay up and settle.”
Brooke Barrett finished the game with eight saves for Bedford, as did the Cardinals’ Tremblay.
BG’s best chance came early in the second half, when Marie Laplante went in alone on the goal, maneuvered around a diving Barrett and got a shot by Brenna Williams and on the empty goal. The ball was destined to go in until Christina Campbell’s sliding save knocked the shot harmless to the side.
“We’re definitely starting fresh,” Winning said. “We just have some different personnel that we’re getting into the mix and trying to get them used to this level of play. We’re starting three or four freshmen by choice, and mixing that with our senior leadership.”