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No faltering Economy here: BHS soccer co-captain shuts out Stadium

Bainbridge senior and team co-captain William Economy led the Spartan scoring effort in the 3-0 shutout win over Stadium High Tuesday, April 8. It was the team’s first game back from spring break.  - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge senior and team co-captain William Economy led the Spartan scoring effort in the 3-0 shutout win over Stadium High Tuesday, April 8. It was the team’s first game back from spring break.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

Yet another shutout victory was scored by the Bainbridge High varsity boys soccer team Tuesday night, bringing their overall season record to 3-1.

The 3-0 win at home over Stadium High was led offensively by BHS senior and team co-captain William Economy, and marked the squad’s first game back after spring break.

The stalwart Spartans had just one practice completed before the match.

Bainbridge is currently ranked fifth in the Metro Mountain Division, behind Lakeside, Eastside Catholic, Bishop Blanchet and O’Dea.

“This was great,” said Spartan Head Coach Ian McCallum. “It was a great win for us. We had our first practice back from spring break [Monday].”

The first half of the game saw much back and forth between the teams, but very little scoring.

Economy, assisted by Garrit Mahling, finally lit up the board at 16 minutes in. The 1-0 BHS lead would stand undisturbed at the end of the half.

“We could have scored a few more goals,” McCallum said of the early minutes of the game. “I wish we were playing a little more clinically. Their goalkeeper played fantastic the whole game. He was the best player on their team.”

Indeed, even in the more action-packed second half, the Stadium goalie blocked almost every shot Bainbridge sent sizzling his way.

“You’ve got to serve it quicker,” McCallum said of the team’s strategy when faced with an excellent goalie. “If you make two out of seven shots, I think you’re doing really well.”

The terrific twosome of Economy and Anton Easterbrook, who assisted on both of the later Spartan goals, did better than “really well.”

Scoring the second goal for BHS at 55 minutes of play, the powerful pair followed up again quickly and scored the final point of the game at 59 minutes.

Bainbridge goalies Devon Reynolds and Ari Pitasky defended the shutout win.

McCallum  said that the victory over Stadium set the perfect tone for the second half of the Spartan season, and paved the way for their next big challenge.

“Our focus has been Thursday’s game [against Bishop Blanchet],” he explained. “We look really good defensively right now. We’ve got to keep up that quality.”

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