The Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team scored two second-half goals to defeat Mother Lode League foe Bret Harte 2-0 on Monday night in Angels Camp and also hand the Bullfrogs their first loss of the season.
“It was really significant because Bret Harte isn’t undefeated anymore,” said Bear senior sweeper Camila Richardson. “We stayed positive and really worked to apply what we did in practice, on the field. We all stepped up and we all brought the intensity.”
The game was mostly played in a downpour and was scoreless after the first 40 minutes.
Bear forward Darian Skellenger helped get Summerville on the board in the second half.
“There were a bunch of connected passes and I ran onto a through pass and had to fight off a defender,” Skellenger said. “I saw the near post open and I shot it with my left foot.”
Skellenger’s blast glanced off the leg of a Bullfrog defender and into the net for the lead.
“I hit it good, it had a pretty cool curve on it,” Skellenger said.
Summerville’s second goal came on a Bret Harte defensive misplay.
Since a 2-1 loss to Bret Harte on March 12 at Dunlavy Field in Sonora, the Bears (2-3-1 MLL) had their eyes on Monday night’s rematch.
“Ever since we lost to them in that first game, we wanted to come back and kick their butts,” said Bears center Alica Scott. “We wanted to let them know, they are not going undefeated. We took a stand.
"On the first goal, we were building and building and Darian got off that hard shot that went in. I think after that, they were upset and kind of let down.”
The Bullfrogs (4-1-1 MLL) normally inpenetrable back line had given up just one goal in their first five league games.
Bret Harte’s attacks were also limited with just two shots on goal.
“The whole team stepped up tonight, they came to play,” said Bears head coach Brad Schultz. “We played without three usual starters and played with a whole new midfield and the girls gave great effort and played hard all game.”
The Bears hit the road Thursday to take on Argonaut while the Frogs play at Amador. Both games are at 7 p.m.
“We’ve gotta keep that momentum going,” Schultz said. “The girls had a goal to come away with a win, and they did that tonight.”
“It just seems our luck, we’ve been playing in the rain it seems like all year,” Skellenger said. “I feel that it’s our good luck charm.”