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Spartans score 2-1 redemption win over Lakeside in boys soccer
The Bainbridge High varsity boys soccer team celebrated their last home game of the regular season, and Senior Night, with a 2-1 redemption win against Lakeside High.
“Last time we lost it was to these guys,” said Spartan Head Coach Ian McCallum, referring to the defeat the Spartans suffered on the road against Lakeside April 22.
“[Tonight] was a great game. Credit to our guys,” McCallum said. “We talked about our seniors, every one of them [are] outstanding players. Outstanding players, not even [just] for high school but, from my perspective from our club, they’re great individuals.”
The game was stalemated 0-0 for the entire first half, with neither team being able to gain access around the other’s defense very effectively. Ironically enough, as it was BHS Senior Night, the offensive action that finally turned the tide came courtesy of some junior players.
Gerrit Mahling scored the game’s first goal at 56 minutes of play, assisted by Peter Fawley.
Lakeside managed to answer with a goal of their own shortly after, evening things up momentarily.
The win was cinched then, at 64 minutes, when Glodi Kingombe, assisted by Mahling, brought home the game changing goal.
The victory at home moved Bainbridge one overall point behind Lakeside, who was the number one ranked team in the Metro Mountain division. The Spartans are now listed in second place, McCallum said Wednesday, with a conference record of 8-3 and an overall season record of 12-3.
“When two good teams play against each other that’s what sometimes will happen,” McCallum said of the game’s initial lack of scoring.
McCallum specifically praised goalie Devon Reynolds, who had multiple saves in the first half alone, as well as Kingombe, who he said had improved dramatically in the later part of the season.
“He brings a lot of energy,” McCallum said of the junior defender. “When he came into tryouts you can’t help but love him and his attitude, but to be fair he struggled with the adjustment. He did. Only now in these last few weeks has he started to pitch in with goals. He had the key goal last week against Eastside Catholic right before halftime. He’s coming along.”
McCallum also singled out team co-captains Ben Freedman and William Economy, saying that much of the credit for the team’s successful season should go to them.
“For Ben, he’s just such a hard-working player [and] he’s so much fun to watch. He’s got a never-die attitude,” McCallum said. “With William, he’s just an outstanding, talented player. Watching him play is so much fun. When my kids come I say, ‘Watch that one.’ They’re all great, but you’re going to see some fun stuff with William.”
McCallum said he did not, as of Wednesday, know who the Spartans would face first in the playoffs.
“We’re happy to keep playing games,” he said. “The energy that the guys had at the end of the game, I think just keep that energy going and let’s take it one game at a time.”