The Bobcats of Gilmer made the trek to Ridgeland and took the victory 3-1 in yet another tight and hard fought region game. Marvin Reynoso scored a tap in goal after a scramble in the Ridgeland penalty box at 30 mins. The first half ended with the Cats up 1-0 but it was close. Coach Phipps brought the boys together at half time and reinforced the importance of increasing the score.
Ridgeland came out fast at the start of the second half and scored an equalizer within 1 minute of the second half. The boys kept their heads and played some good soccer with timely passing and some nice shots. Israel Bautista scored with a good right footed shot from about 15 yards to put Gilmer up 2-1. The Cats kept on pushing forward and with about 12 mins left on the clock the boys put a good passing move that included Ervin Lopez and Parker Benetiz that lead to another goal for senior Marvin Reynoso.
The Gimer Lady Bobcats traveled to Ridgeland and Tuesday to compete in a region match. The girls got down 0-2 very early in the game. Coach Nicholson said “Ridgeland is a long bus ride. We were tired, sluggish, and clearly not ready to play soccer when we stepped off the bus”. We knew we would get opportunities, but there were some defensive breakdowns that had to be cleaned up.”
The girls rallied and went in the half 4-3. At halftime, Nicholson talked to her team about the errors that had to be fixed. The girls went out in the second half much more relaxed and confident scoring 3 more times and ended the game 7-3. Goals were scored by Naomi Coombs (5), Renea Chastain, and Cat Tercero-Rafael each scoring 1 goal.
JV Girls played Fannin on Wednesday and fell 0-3. Coach Nicholson stated that JV games are really fun because we get lots of girls some field time. Freshmen Keeper Noni Francisco did a great job in goal.