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March 21, 2014

PREP SOCCER: Bearcat squads roll past 1A Donoho on Senior Night

CULLMAN — Senior Night went exactly as planned for Cullman’s soccer program on Friday night.

The Lady Bearcats opened the festivities with a 5-0 victory versus Donoho before the Class 5A No. 8 Black and Gold boys finished things up with a resounding 6-1 win over the Falcons to conclude a perfect 2-for-2 night.

Cullman boys coach Casey Harbin had plenty of good things to say about his “new-look” team following their match.

“We had a different kind of night going,” he said. “We had a number of starters out for different reasons and in their place were a number of guys who haven’t played a lot. They played great tonight, though. Played outstanding. We controlled that game from start to finish.”

After 20 minutes of close calls, the Bearcats broke through on a terrific goal from Seth Andrews to take a 1-0 advantage.

Carson Cummings added another goal late in the half to give Cullman a 2-0 halftime lead over the Falcons.

Harbin’s group once again found itself on the wrong end of shots on goal early in the second half. However, things took a turn for the better at the 25-minute mark.

Senior Chayse Freeman connected on a goal before Andrews and Ben Walker added two more within a three-minute window to extend their team’s cushion all the way up to five.

“It’s always good to see shots go into the back of the net,” Harbin said. “It was really nice to see us get the same result using a completely different style, too.”

Ross Walker tacked on another goal late — as did a Donoho player — to bring the score to 6-1.

Cullman’s seniors — Freeman, Cummings and Ross Walker — all contributed a goal on a night when the spotlight was shining brightly upon them.

“Those seniors have worked hard, and they are now reaping their benefits,” Harbin said. “It was a great night to send them off as winners.”

Meanwhile, the Black and Gold defense was a terror. Most of the match was played on one side of the field, and the Bearcat D offered little chance for the Falcons to get back in it — they only had a handful of shots on goal — at any point in the day.

“It’s always great to hold a squad on one side of the pitch,” Harbin added. “We kept putting pressure on the goal and balls started going in after that.”

Brookelyn Cook made the most of her Senior Night for the Lady Bearcats, scoring three goals and assisting in another to her sister, Kaitlin, early in the first half. Leah Shaddix notched the other goal for Cullman in the shutout victory.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.

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