By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
The St. Bernard varsity girls soccer team picked up its second win of the young season on Tuesday night, defeating 5A Oneonta 4-2 in very sloppy conditions.
Of course, rainy conditions haven’t been foreign to the Saints early in the season.
“Every one of our games so far has been in the mud,” coach Sharon Mescher said. “We considered cancelling, but schedules don’t really allow that.”
The Saints (2-1) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Logan Ayers’ goal at the 27:12 mark. She followed with another goal with just under 15 minutes left to play in the first half to extend St. Bernard’s lead to 2-0.
“A lot of our kids play multiple sports,” Mescher said. “We made sure to schedule our games around Logan’s track schedule.”
Mescher said, despite having a young team, she was most proud of her squad’s defense in the win.
“We’ve got 16 on roster and 13 of them are either sophomores, freshman or eighth-graders,” she said. “I honestly thought we played incredible defense on them tonight.”
The Redskins certainly didn’t have an answer for Mescher’s girls in the first 40 minutes, and although they tied the game early in the second half, it didn’t get much better for them.
St. Bernard’s kept a hard pace, despite the slippery conditions, and found itself in more advantageous positions throughout the contest.
The Saints’ Aimee Cortez made it 3-2 on a goal with 13 minutes remaining in the match.
Ayers made it a hat trick shortly after, connecting on her third goal of the game with a sweet assist by Abbie Mescher to extend the lead to 4-2 and ultimately ice the game for St. Bernard.
“This a is pretty big school we beat,” Mescher said. “Our area is tough this year, too. We can’t be playing easy teams. They’ve got to be tough.”
The Saints have previously played Guntersville — a 7-0 loss — and Susan Moore — a 1-0 victory.
St. Bernard will look to make it three-in-a-row when it takes on Athens Bible on Thursday at 5 p.m.
‰ Oneonta 3, St. Bernard 0: The Saints couldn’t quite find their offensive groove against the Redskins on Tuesday night.
Oneonta scored its first goal at the 24:14 mark on a long shot from one of its players that snuck just under St. Bernard’s goalie. The Redskins added two more goals in the second half within a three-minute span to subdue the Saints.
The loss drops St. Bernard’s record to 0-2-1 on the season. The Saints tied Guntersville 3-3 in their first match before dropping a 6-0 decision to Susan Moore.
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