By: John Raffel
Birch Run soccer team beats Millington
BIRCH RUN - Millington's Hannah Bees made 27 saves in goal, most of which came in the second half, as the Cardinals lost a Tri-Valley East Conference matchup with Birch Run on Monday. Bees, a sophomore goalkeeper, held the Panthers scoreless in the game's final forty minutes of play, as she and the Cardinals faced an explosive Birch Run offense that was eager to end the game early.
"Hannah had another really good game in net for us," Millington coach Andrew Selich said. "Birch Run has a lot of offensive weapons, and they scored two early on us. From there, the game was back and forth for about 25 minutes before they scored again."
Birch Run (10-3-1) scored twice in the game's first ten minutes, first 2ith 33:12 left on the clock on crossing pass, then again with 30:38 on the clock on a misplayed ball in the box.
From there, the Cardinals defense held off the Panthers attack until there was 6:22 left in the first. Birch Run added two more before the break to account for the five-goal halftime lead.
The second was was back and forth for most of the game, but the Cardinals offense had trouble generating any momentum or building a sustained offensive attack. For the defense, Emma Hoard led the Cardinals with three steals and 23 blocks. Rebekah Williams added five steals and 22 blocks, while Kennedy Gamet added 15 blocks and Arial Lansford finished with 12.
The Cardinals (2-4-1) return to action on Thursday, May 2, when they play host to the Swan Valley Vikings. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30pm.