Briarwood girls fall to Montgomery Academy
Published 4:15 pm Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Editor
NORTH SHELBY – After starting the season 3-1-0 on the soccer pitch, the Briarwood Lady Lions began trending in the wrong direction, losing five of their next six matches between Feb. 13 and March 22 to drop to 4-6-0. After a March 22 loss to 6A power John Carroll Catholic, Briarwood took a two-week hiatus before returning to action against one of the top 1A-3A schools in the county, Montgomery Academy. Briarwood kept the game tight for most of the first half, but the Lady Eagles had too much firepower on this day, beating Briarwood 6-2.
From the start of the first half, Montgomery Academy controlled the majority of the game from a possession standpoint. Audrey Haplin had a good look at goal in the 13th minute for Briarwood, but the Lady Eagles were mostly in control from the jump. Cari Budny broke into the scoring column first for Montgomery Academy in the 15th minute to take a 1-0 lead, and the Lady Eagles seemed to be in control. However, Briarwood captain Sara Ferguson scored an equalizer not even a minute later on a breakaway one-v-one with the Montgomery Academy keeper to knot the game at 1-1.
The tie was short lived, however, as Budny took an outlet pass and carried the ball to the Briarwood goal from midfield before pushing a pass across the face of goal to freshman Tara Katz, who scored to give the Lady Eagles a 2-1 advantage, and Briarwood never pulled even again.
In the second half, trailing 4-1, junior Grace Harris found the back of the net for Briarwood in the 52nd minute, pulling the Lady Lions back to within two goals. However, Montgomery Academy added two more goals late in the second half, and won 6-2.
Briarwood moved to 4-7-0 with the loss, but is still 1-1 in area play. The Lady Lions’ next area game is April 15, when they travel to take on 6A No. 2 Chelsea.