ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Heidi Rebollar fired in 2 goals to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 Southeastern Athletic Conference girls’ soccer victory over St. Pauls Tuesday night.
Coach Jay Raynor’s Lady Eagles improved to 6-2 in SAC-7 play and 11-3-1 overall and will celebrate Senior Night Wednesday with festivities beginning at 5:45 when they will recognize seniors Acee Campbell, Cydney Campbell and Ranay Bell before they host a make-up contest against Red Springs.
Heidi Rebollar drilled in a shot from 25 yards out that beat the keeper in the 7th minute to open the Lady Eagle scoring.
Eight minutes later sophomore Jackie Medina Leal scored the 2nd East goal. “Jackie received a pass and made a brilliant turn followed by a move on the dribble to beat a defender then a shot that beat the keeper,” said Raynor.
The Lady Eagles tacked on a 3rd goal in the 33rd minute. “Eliana (Padilla) beat several defenders to get to the end line then slotted a ball to Molly (Evans) who finished with a one-time shot,” described Raynor.
East Bladen outshot the Lady Bulldogs 12-1 in the opening half and 22-2 for the game.
Heidi Rebollar boomed in a free kick from 20 yards out in the 46th minute to extend the lead to 4-0. Five minutes later freshman Gabby Rebollar earned a penalty kick that she blasted past the keeper’s right side for the final Lady Eagle goal.
“Good result for us,” noted Raynor. “It was not the prettiest but it was a result. We played at times like a team who hadn’t played in a week. Movement wasn’t there and our first touch let us down way too many times. We just seemed off and even lackadaisical at times.”
Raynor continued, “We must improve our ability to keep the ball and make a few passes to free up our attackers to make dangerous runs. I thought tonight, we hit too many one time passes that didn’t even give us a chance to make a play. We can’t work hard to win the ball and then give it immediately back.”
“There were times that we had some solid sequences and runs towards goal,” added Raynor. “A good friend has always told me ‘a win is a win!’ We will take it and move on to tomorrow. I’m proud of the girls and their result as well as happy that everyone got solid minutes in the match tonight.”