According to Cullman High soccer coach John Drake, every year the Bearcats face Athens, one of the two matchups is decided in overtime.

This wasn’t one of those matchups.

Cullman scored three early goals and played solid defense the rest of the way while cruising to a 3-0 home win over Athens Thursday night.

“It seems like every year we play them, there’s always one game that goes to overtime,” said Drake, whose team beat Athens 9-0 at home last season before edging an overtime decision in Limestone County. “This time we jumped on them early, but they played us tough the way we thought they would.”

Senior striker Chase Maddox opened the scoring five minutes into the match, with an assist by Andrew Arbet. Arbet then grabbed an unassisted goal five minutes later before assisting on a Will Drake strike.

After the early flurry of goals, Cullman clamped down on defense and held on for the shutout. Ben Munger and Jacob Richter split time in goal.

With the victory, Cullman (11-4-1, 4-0) maintained its perfect record in Class 5A, Section 8 play. The Bearcats are off until next Friday, when they host Vestavia Hills.

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