Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
GPS soccer coach Leland Strang had a “Come to Jesus Meeting” with her players earlier in the week and it wasn’t even Sunday..
“At Monday’s practice (coaches and players) I sounded the trumpet and identified where we want to go and asked who wants to go there.
The first stop on the journey to the TSSAA D-II AA girls soccer championship came Tuesday night at Baylor as the visiting Bruisers answered Strang’s trumpet call and posted a solid 3-0 win in the final regular season match for both schools.
Taking a defensive-splitting pass from Josie Love Roebuck, Izzy Phillips put GPS on the board early (11th minute) has she slid a shot past Baylor goalkeeper Analiese Smith for the 1-0 lead.
“We had not seen the back of the net in awhile so to score that early goal was a huge relief and a mental lift for our players,” Strang stated whose team has a pair of 1-0 losses to defending state champs Father Ryan and Ensworth as part of its 10-3-1 record.
The Buisers made it 2-0 before intermission as Abbi Harr headed in a corner kick from Keyle Snyder in the 21st minute.
The duo connected for the final goal on a free kick 45 seconds into the second half as Snyder’s kick to the far post found Harr again who in turn found the back of the net for a 3-0 score.
“We moved the ball well tonight, supported one another and played together,” Strang said.
The Bruisers led in most statistical categories, including shots (13-3), corners (4-1) and controlled headers (5-2).
"They played well tonight and are better than we are athletically," said Baylor coach Jimmy Weekly.
"We are young as we had six players on the field who had never played in a GPS-Baylor match before tonight."
GPS 3, Baylor 0
GPS - 11th minute - Izzy Phillips (Josie Love Roebuck), 1-0
GPS - 21st minutes - Abbi Harr (Keyle Snyder), 2-0
GPS - 41st - Abbi Harr (Keyle Snyder), 3-0
records: GPS (10-3-1), Baylor (8-5-3)
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