lead story of the week

Written By: Dylan Adams-Martin                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo Credit: Jose De Bourg

Written By: Dylan Adams-Martin                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo Credit: Jose De Bourg

 

major goal after a decade

When it comes to athletics, Braddock has its strengths and weaknesses, and for the first time in over a decade, the girls’ soccer team proved that they are one of those strengths. When the school first opened in 1989, our soccer girls were inexperienced and had room to grow, but in the 2016-2017 school year they have moved up 14 spots in the National rankings and 8 in the state of Florida. This major improvement included some hard matches against top schools in South Florida, like the Southwest Eagles and Lourdes Academy, but our underdog Bulldogs showed how hard work and dedication can make a difference. 

 

Video Credit: Jose De Bourg

 

Braddock had a hard time defeating Southwest, a vigorous team in the district, but did not give up. The Bulldogs played in the annual “cup,” where each team has the chance of taking home the trophy while the defeated teams have a chance at taking home the gold next time. Every year, Braddock and Southwest travel to the previous winning school’s campus. The goal: defeat the reigning champions at their home field. This year, the Bulldogs set out to take back the trophy from the Eagles and did just that, defeating the opposing team with a score of 2-1.

 

Video Credit: Jose De Bourg

 

Both Jillian Falcon and Adrianna Hernandez scored once, and Beatriz Garcia had one assist during the game. Goalkeeper Diana Valdes had an incredible performance by saving a total of 15 shots on target, ultimately saving the game for the Bulldogs by sustaining the lead throughout the second half. Late in the challenge, one of our defenders fouled an Eagles attacker in the penalty box, causing them a chance to tie up the game. Diana Valdes, trying her absolute best to save the Bulldogs’ victory, succeeded at that blocking the last shot and winning the cup for the team.

The girls’ soccer team’s first ever district match was played at Tropical Park, one of the biggest playing fields in the South Florida area. It was against Lourdes Academy, which finished the year at the top of the table, winning 8 out of their 12 matches and tying 2 of the remaining 4. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs’ race to the championship ended here, losing with a final score of 8 to 0. Despite their loss, they had an incredible story that not only will remain in the halls of Braddock forever, but put G. Holmes Braddock Senior High on the map for girls’ soccer.

 

 


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Photo Credit: Jose De Bourg

 

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WRESTLING

 

Video Credit: Dylan Adams-Martin