By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
EAST RIVER —
Bluefield College practically shut down the record-setting scorer for Campbellsville University, Jessica Ralph, on Saturday afternoon in women’s soccer action.
However, the visiting Tigers got goals from Aris Kuntz and Mhairi Fyfe and beat the Rams 2-0 at East River Soccer Complex.
Bluefield, 5-4 overall, fell to 0-4 in Mid-South Conference play and has been shut out in all of their league contests.
Bluefield first-year coach Tom Price said, “The Mid-South Conference is a tough conference. There are a lot of girls out there who are ready to compete day-in and day-out. (We’re) just trying to create that culture, here.
“It’s no one’s fault, but ... I am their fourth coach in four years. It’s very hard to build a lot of continuity. They’re trying to learn me; I’m trying to learn them. We’re trying to create a culture of competitiveness — that is going to take time.”
“But I really appreciate the girls’ effort today. I thought the girls in the back played particularly well. Just two little breakdowns — but we had our opportunities.”
Whitney Browning, a freshman from Bluefield, Va., who was honored last week as BC’s first female “Ram of the Month,” fired a shot early in the second half, and faced goalkeeper Brandie Hagerman one-on-one with three minutes left, but could not get the ball past her.
Jones said, “I thought Whitney had a really good look there at the end, and Tori Doyle had a couple of really good looks. That’s soccer. ... They capitalized, and we didn’t, and that’s the name of the game.”
Kuntz stuck with her drive and crushed the ball into the side of the net at a shallow angle for the game’s first score, in the 18th minute of play. Fyfe booted the other goal from dead center in front of the goal. Ralph, with a school-record 41 goals, took one shot.
Kayla Richardson made five saves for the Rams, and Hagerman had three saves for Campbellsville (5-3-1, 2-2 MSC), which took 14 shots, eight on goal.
Campbellsville head coach Thomas Jones said, “I was hoping we’d have more a little more success, offensively. We really struggled, and had a hard time putting it on frame. So it was a good battle for 90 minutes.”
The Rams play their next two matches at East River, starting with Barton College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to the next two home games,” Price said. “We’re looking to battle, and I’m proud of the girls.”
Bluefield College co-captain “Pip” Pattison said, “We have a winning record, still, and hopefully, we’ll get a conference win soon. ... We (will) just keep practicing hard, and get back into it.”
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