LB - Orthopaedic Specialists of Central Arizona

Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us | Subscribe
Prescott Valley Tribune | Prescott Valley, Arizona

home : sports : local February 5, 2016

1/30/2013 9:23:00 AM
Fog can't hide net from Lady Bears in season closer
Bradshaw Mountain senior Brooke Smith scores the only goal of the game against Sedona Thursday night in foggy Prescott Valley.
Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw
Bradshaw Mountain senior Brooke Smith scores the only goal of the game against Sedona Thursday night in foggy Prescott Valley.
Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw

Cheryl Hartz
News Editor

Rain, followed by fog so thick the players barely could see the other side of the pitch, didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Bradshaw Mountain Lady soccer Bears, as they defeated Sedona 1-0 on Senior Night Thursday.

Bradshaw coach John Sterling said although weather was a factor, he "wouldn't have it any other way."

"The ball seems to skip and pick up speed under those (wet, slick) conditions," Sterling said.

The Lady Bears dominated the game, but the Lady Scorpions' defense repelled every attempt to score until senior forward Brooke Smith buried a loose ball into the net late in the first half.

Bradshaw senior goalkeeper Delaney Prestia stopped Sedona's every shot, despite a barrage in the final minutes of the game, to preserve the win.

"Delaney was incredible tonight," her coach said. "Sedona put us on our heels in the last five minutes, but she made several key saves throughout the game."

He also praised the play of senior defender Kayla Hegland, who even managed to take shots from 40 yards out, as well as junior defender Heidi Madler, who "played a smart game and was always in position to make the play."

"I've told you all season long, I am so very, very proud of this team, so very proud of all of these girls. They've performed above and beyond anything that I could have asked for this year," Sterling said.

The game was a final one for most of the team, as Bradshaw missed qualifying for play-offs. He said he will miss the seniors.

"I knew the talent was there all along. It was just getting them to believe in themselves, then taking the shackles off and letting them play," he said.

Sterling said graduating 11 talented players will mean rebuilding and the challenges that brings, but he believes a strong core group will keep the team in the spotlight. In addition to Heidi Madler, her younger sister - freshman Hannah - is maturing in her soccer skills. He includes juniors Jocelyn Nunez, Taylor Hancock and Kiara Montoya in the mix of next year's leaders.

"They certainly made it an exciting year and definitely put Bradshaw girls' soccer on the map; now the challenge is to keep it there," Sterling said.

Related Stories:
• Bradshaw soccer ladies battle Page, then Prescott to double OT ties
• Lady Bears garner valuable field time at holiday soccer tourney
• Bradshaw soccer ladies down Prescott in overtime

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Bradshaw ready to compete for students (413 views)

•   University leaves Prescott Valley (322 views)

•   Prescott Valley closes Fain Park (216 views)

•   PV schools earn bragging rights (214 views)

•   Starbucks among new businesses near Kohl's (212 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Prescott Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
LB - Favour & Wilhelmsen Probate

© Copyright 2016 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Prescott Valley Tribune is the information source for Prescott Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved