Today was my third day on the job at the Bowling Green Daily News, and my first two assignments both took me to South Warren for some soccer action.
The girls’ and boys’ teams each fell by one goal on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, but those defeats came against stiff competition.
The Lady Spartans dropped a 2-1 decision to undefeated Bowling Green on Monday, but South Warren coach David Burnette was hardly upset after the match.
“I’m pleased with it, even with the outcome,” Burnette said Monday. “The girls played hard and left everything on the field, and that’s all we asked them to do. Everybody told them going in that they didn’t stand a chance, and we proved that wrong.”
At the very least, most expected the Lady Purples to stack up some goals. They entered Monday having outscored opponents 52-2 in their first six games, but South Warren held them to just two goals – scores by Allie Hanks and Sidney Pruitt.
The South Warren boys had a similar situation play out against Greenwood on Tuesday, battling back from a early 2-0 deficit to tie the match in the 71st minute.
But the big momentum once again swung away from South Warren, as the Gators’ Tyler Daniels scored with less than two minutes remaining to rip the game away from the Spartans.
“I think this is our best game that we’ve put in this season,” South Warren coach Tom Alexander said. “Our intensity level got much better in the second half, but a few silly mistakes led to goals that they capitalized on. That’s what good teams are going to do.”
Obviously the stories that went to print about these matches ended up being more about the teams that won.
For the record, the Bowling Green girls are now 7-0, and the Greenwood boys sit at 4-1-1.
But one of the other big themes remained that neither South Warren coach was too upset after his respective loss.
Both the Spartans and Lady Spartans are now 3-2 with plenty of season to play.
“This is just our second year, so we’re still trying to put it all together as a team,” Alexander said. “It’s still early. I’ve been telling them all along they can play with anyone, so maybe they believe a little more now.”
In other news, I’ll keep my South Warren travel party going Thursday night, when I head out to cover the Lady Spartans’ volleyball match against visiting Greenwood. The Lady Gators have a chance to extend their district win streak to 83 with a victory.
Friday will take me to Louisville to cover Bowling Green’s big football showdown with St. Xavier. Bowling Green enters ranked first in Class 5A, and St. X is second in the latest Class 6A polls.
Needless to say, that’s going to be a big one. I’ll hopefully have a little more on that game Friday before I head out, so be sure to check back in.