Possession has been a key for the Bedford girls’ soccer team over their fantastic run of the last couple years, and the Lady Bisons showed what that can do in a 10-0 victory over Chestnut Ridge, Thursday night.
The Lady Bisons controlled the ball in the their offensive half of the field for almost the entire game, which led to many offensive shots for Bedford and not many chances for the Chestnut Ridge.
While the Bedford offense will get much of credit, the Bedford defense, led by keeper Lindsay Mowry, recorded its 13th shutout of the year as Bedford improved to 15-0 on the year.
Chestnut Ridge limited the Bedford chances early, and the Lady Bisons had trouble finishing on some of their attempts.
Bedford got on the board with 28:30 left in the first half. Sydney Taracatac had a corner kick and put it in front of the net, where Katelyn Shaffer put the ball in the net for the 1-0 lead. Shaffer had three goals, while Taracatac had three assists and a goal.
The play pleased Bedford coach Jeff Thomas.
“We were doing some of things that we’ve been working on, like heading the ball on corner kicks.” Thomas said.
The Lady Bisons had several more chance, but didn’t earn a goal for another 17 minutes. This time it was Jordan Brown getting the goal with an assist from Lizzy Martz.
The only scoring opportunity for the Lady Lions came shortly after that Bedford goal. Malia Crouse had a breakaway and got behind the Bedford defense. However, Mowry came up an scooped the ball up for one of her two saves in the game.
Bedford added one more goal before the half. With 54 seconds left in the first half, Shaffer found the net again, this time on an assist from Abby Donaldson for a 3-0 lead at the half.
Ridge’s Kennaley Heider had seven saves in the first half to keep the Lady Lions in the game. She left the game with an injury in the second half.
In the second half, Bedford added two goals in the first six minutes, and then added four goals in a five-minute stretch midway through the half.
Brown had two goals, Grace Shaffer had two more, and Shaffer and Taracatac added on apiece before Martz finished off the scoring with 8:09 left for the 10-0 win.
“We are pretty beat up, and that happens this time of year,” said Chestnut Ridge coach Jeremy Barnes. “Bedford has been a great team, and they are again. They have a great defense.
“I thought that we played a good, solid 60 minutes. I am proud of the kids We didn’t quit, and we didn’t back down.”
Thomas was glad to see his team take advantage of some of the opportunities in the game.
“We played better than we did the other night,” Thomas said. “We moved the ball well, and we had good touches. It was just a matter of time until we got the ball in the net.”
GAME NOTES: Bedford had a 16-0 advantage in corner kick,s and the Lady Bisons outshot Ridge, 19-2. … In the JV game, Bedford beat Ridge, 5-0.
BEDFORD 10, CHESTNUT RIDGE 0
Chestnut Ridge 0 0 — 0
Bedford 3 7 — 10