Brescia University Women's Soccer team came up short against Spalding University tonight by a 4-0 score. The Bearcats were playing well until the 20th minute when the Golden Eagles put three in the net within 3 minutes. Baylee Tabler provided most of the punch as she sandwiched two goals around one assist in the three goal onslaught. Ali Bumblis added the final score in the 42nd minute.
Coach David Ralph was pleased with the overall play of the Bearcats. "I think we were all excited about our style of play tonight. We had a two minute hiccup where we lost focus, but other than that we played very well against an incredibly strong team."
Jerrica Kidd (SR/Stanford, KY) was excellent in the goal again with 10 saves along with quite a few power collections during the match. Desirae Renfrow, Jessica Embry (JR/Owensboro, KY), Allison Chappell (SO/Owensboro, KY), and Geralyn Smith (FR/Cincinnati, OH) played most of the minutes on the back line and were able to hold the Golden Eagles at bay.
After halftime, Ralph made a small adjustment of dropping Sierra Tomblin (SO/Orlinda, TN) and Jordan Blemker (SO/Oakland City, IN) to almost a stopper position to deny the push up the middle by Spalding. That small move proved very beneficial as Brescia was able to deny the movement through the middle. The Bearcats had their first half of the season where they shut out the opponent.
The biggest thing Ralph saw was the Bearcats being much more focused on immediate pressure. The team as a whole was excited about the pressure they were able to put on the ball in the second half, which allowed the Bearcats to get more offensive movement that started from the defense.
"Hopefully, we realized tonight how important the idea of immediate pressure is," Ralph added. "This is the way I knew we could play and we finally did it. I am very excited moving forward because we are going to get some good results. We just have to maintain this momentum."
The Bearcats travel to Kentucky Christian University on Monday for their next match.