Bulldogs top R-dale

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Andalusia’s Shelbee Mathews was one of a few bright spots for the Bulldogs. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s Shelbee Mathews was one of a few bright spots for the Bulldogs. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

It wasn’t the best of starts for Andalusia Tuesday night.

However, the Bulldog soccer team turned it around to score four goals in the first half on their way to a 4-3 regular-season victory over Robertsdale.

AHS coach Tim Ramsden said the team played “slow, a little timed” at the beginning of the first half.

“They changed and have a lot of heart,” Ramsden said. “They really ran after the ball a lot and played really physical.”

Ramsden said he was quite pleased with the Bulldogs getting ahead by four goals.

“I was very, very happy with that — how we played,” he said. “At times, we were a bit out of control.”

Andalusia junior striker Kevin Rooks scored two goals — the second and fourth — in the first half. Backing Rooks up in the scoring department were James Albritton and Chia Wain.

Ramsden said the coaches were looking for a lot of grit last night and for the most part, the Bulldogs executed well.

Robertsdale got its first goal on a penalty kick on a questionable call, Ramsden said.

But, the coach did say that he thought the referees did a good job.

RHS scored its last goal with about one second remaining in the second half.

Ramsden said he got some good playing from right wing and sophomore Shelbee Mathews.

“To come in here and play most of the game and really hang with the guys, she was the hightlight tonight for sure,” the coach said.

Additionally, Jaxon “Rudy” Rudolph, Trey Ossenfort and Zach Parker all had good nights as well, Ramsden said.

“I thought Jaxon again played really well,” Ramsden said. “He never gave up hustling. Trey had a great night. He’s doing what we ask him to do. Zach Parker played well back there as the anchor of the defense.”

This is a good win for AHS (1-1) as it gets set to play St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile on Friday night.

“All in all, we’ve got work to do,” Ramsden said. “I was happy to get one win underneath us and getting back to playing a hard, physical brand of soccer. I’m quite happy with how we played tonight.”

The Bulldogs game Friday is set to start at 6 p.m.