The inaugural New Brockton Gamecock and Lady Gamecocks jumpstarted the 2020 season with an appearance in a tournament in Eufaula on Feb. 7 on a set of sloppy, rainy fields.
The Lady Gamecocks started out the day with a 5-0 loss to the Eufaula Lady Tigers. After getting down 4-0 in the first half, New Brockton held Eufaula to just one goal in the second half.
“I was very proud of them,” New Brockton coach Micki McKenna said. “The girls came out in the second half more aggressive both on offense and defense.
“Anna Clark had three saves and only allowed one goal in the second half (at goalie). This is Clark’s first time playing soccer. We threw her in at goalie just last week. She did an amazing job and I am so proud of her.”
The Lady Gamecocks fell behind 3-0 in the second game to Russell County but both sides agreed to call the game due to poor field conditions. Lady Gamecock Daniela Sota suffered a severe knee injury in the first half – that could be season ending – and McKenna said that it was not worth it to continue to play.
“Gracie Hallman led our defense with Brianna Smith,” McKenna said of the first half against Russell County. “Smith stepped up for us and played three different position. She’s a player you can count on to jump in and contribute anywhere on the field.
“Hallman is a great leader and played both games full speed the entire time. We feel with more practice we will continue to improve.”
McKenna said that while the results of the games – and the field conditions – were disappointing, The Lady Gamecocks have pinpointed areas that need improvement.
“We have to work on positioning – staying in position – and moving the ball better on passes and controlling the ball,” she said. “We had a hard time keeping possession of the ball on our side and we also have to work on our conditioning more.”
The Gamecocks picked up the first soccer win in school history with a 5-1 victory over Dale County in the tournament’s opening round.
Jacob Bustamante and German Zepeda led the way for the Gamecocks with two goals each, while senior Ryder Tetreault scored one goal.
“They played great,” Gamecock coach David Bourne said. “It took us about 10 minutes in for them to settle in and after that we played really well.
“Dale County has one of the best goalkeepers I’ve seen at the high school level in awhile, but we were able to compete and play really well.”
New Brockton then fell to Eufaula 10-0 in the second game before Bourne decided it was best to call it a day because of the weather and field conditions.
“We already had a girl that got hurt and I felt like it really wasn’t worth getting any other players hurt (to keep playing),” Bourne said. “We have a long season ahead of us, so we decided to come on home.”
On Feb. 18, the Gamecocks will travel to Troy to play Charles Henderson, while both the Lady Gamecocks and Gamecocks host Providence Christian on Feb. 24.