The Lady Bruins hosted their final soccer tournament of the spring season Saturday.
The first match of the day was against Toccoa Falls College, BJU’s hardest regional competition. In their last meeting, the Lady Bruins beat Toccoa in penalties to win the regional tournament.
At the beginning of the game, both teams went back and forth, but the Bruins maintained the bulk of the possession.
In the 30th minute, Tash Walters received a pass from Lauren Foushee and finished into the bottom corner to make it 1–0.
In the 42nd minute, Mimi Lozano stole the ball and went one-on-one with Toccoa Falls’ keeper. Lozano calmly placed it into the bottom corner to make it 2–0.
The Bruins’ defense stood strong and finished the first game with the clean sheet as 2–0 victors.
The second match was against the Southern Wesleyan University Warriors.
The Lady Bruins held on to most of the possession while SWU had the occasional counter attack.
At the 30-minute mark, SWU stole the ball and went on a counter attack.
Their striker had a one-on-one with Kristen Haertlein and finished well to give the Warriors a 1–0 lead.
The Bruins had just 15 minutes to find an equalizer. In the 45th minute, Lozano sent a through ball to Abby Davis who was tackled in the box, and the Bruins were awarded a penalty.
Lozano converted the penalty to tie the game at 1–1, and that’s the way the game ended.
In the Lady Bruins’ third match of the day, they faced Brevard College.
Both teams shared possession from the start. In the 15th minute, Lozano skillfully worked through Brevard’s defense and sent a low, hard cross to Davis. Davis finished it to make it 1–0.
The Bruins’ defense again held fast, and their valiant effort was rewarded with another clean sheet.
In all three games, BJU consistently played well. The two wins and the draw all show promise for the squad for next season.
“We lost three strong players,” Coach Carmichael said. “That was our biggest hole. The girls have stepped up big time to those roles. We’ve been slowly improving throughout the spring which is what you want to see as a coach. I think the way we finished the tournament today was very strong against a very good Brevard opponent.
“We had some really good attacking movement. So overall, I think everything is looking great. We will be very strong next year.”
BJU fans should be very excited for the Lady Bruins’ next season.
Their first preseason game will be against Southern Wesleyan University Aug. 18, and their first regular season game will be Aug. 27 against Ohio Christian University.