Sophomore Caley Jones came up big for Bradley with a hat trick. Senior Mikala Ard and freshmen Haley Yarber also notched goals in the 5-nil victory.
“The last two games we have been lucky enough to get some girls who don’t normally see a whole lot of minutes of playing time. We had some young girls step up and show what they could do, and we had some of our veteran leaders go out there and make things happen tonight,” said Bearette head coach Tiffany Walker.
In the 11th minute of play, Jones got her first goal when a well-struck ball careened off the goalpost and into the back of the net.
Yarber got her score in the 32nd minute. A high lob forced the Polk County keeper to attempt a leaping punch save. However, the goalkeeper was just short of safely knocking the ball over the goal, and instead it came to rest in the back of the net.
Jones added her second goal in the closing minute of the first half off a free kick 25 yards off the goal to move the score to 3-nil as the official sounded the whistle that sent the team into the half.
Mikala Ard got her senior night celebration in gear five minutes into the second half. She put a header off the woodwork in the 45th minute, just missing the score.
She got another shot just a minute later when freshmen Taylor Berger crossed the ball to the senior utility player. Ard wasted no time in striking the ball into the back of the net for Bradley’s fourth score.
The hat trick was achieved in the 55th minute when Jones launched a rocket from range that surged past Polk County’s keeper for the fifth and final score.
Despite the strong showing, Walker saw some areas for improvement for the squad moving into the quickly approaching postseason.
“We have things that still need work. We need to work on our shot placement. We do that hard part and get to the goal and then they kind of just give it to the opposing keeper,” explained the Bradley coach.
Bearette seniors Ard and Alexia Hubbard were honored by the team during halftime.
Bradley has one last regular season match against the Chattanooga Patriots at 5 p.m. on Thursday at home before preparing for their opening round of the District 5-AAA tournament Saturday against rival Cleveland. That match will take place at 1 p.m. on Bradley’s football field.