Women trample COB in preseason bout

Nassau, Bahamas (August 15, 2009) — Courtesy: Bernard Newbold, The Bahama Journal

The JBU women's soccer team got their preseason underway in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday when they took on College of the Bahamas.

With a fairly good crowd on hand for the pre-season game, the Lady Caribs were dominated by the Golden Eagles 10-0 in 90 minutes of play.

The Caribs played excellent defense for the first 10 minutes of the match but fatigue set in quickly and they began to break down in the 13th minute when Jodi Knack scored the first goal for the Eagles.

With the score 1-0 in favour of the Eagles, it did not take long for the visitors to score again as Camille Malckiewizz added another goal in the 20th minute and Knack added a third in the 22nd minute of the match seemingly demoralizing the Caribs.

The Eagles did not let up and added another goal before heading into the half with Anne Stringfield scoring in the 34th minute. With both teams on the sidelines and their coaches stratergizing for the second half, the Caribs players seemed to be out of shape as most of them were visibly fatigued after the first 45 minutes of play and not a lot of depth on the bench.

In the second half of the match it did not take the Eagles long to score again as Cam Martin nailed a hard goal at the 46th minute mark bringing their lead to 5-0.

Knack added two more goals in the match with one at the 50th minute and the other at the 53rd minute.

The Eagles continued to maintain their dominance preventing the Caribs from entering into scoring territory. Stringfield scored in the 67th minute, Robin Cluka added a goal in the 72nd minute and Mickey Brannan scored the final goal in the 83rd minute. Following the match head coach of the Eagles Joe Thoma said, "The game was fun for us as we have been working all week helping out at camp Bahamas in Eleuthera."

"We haven't been able to practice together this week leading up to this game as this is our first time playing together," added Thoma. With his team dominating the Caribs, Thoma said he believe that his girls were focused "For a pre-season friendly match, I thought we gave a good effort, we physically out matched the Caribs and I thought the other girls played really hard to stay in the game," said Thoma.

The Eagles will play another scrimmage game next week Saturday and will play their first regular season game in two weeks. On the losing end Caribs coach, Paul McCann said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team.

"The girls are playing for the first time as a team and this was a learning experience for them. They never let their heads drop and they played really hard," he said.

With the College still continuing their athletic programme, McCann said when they return to practice, they will have to work on their inability to kick the ball for power and distance.

"We also have to work on passing, short and long passes, running and working as a team on the field," added McCann.

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