BULLDOGS HIT THE PITCH: Soccer season in full swing for Andalusia High School

Published 12:05 am Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Andalusia Bulldogs are off to a 2-1-1 start to the season as soccer action begins to heat up across the state.

“We have a pretty experienced team,” Andalusia head coach Ray Bozeman said. “Everyone thinks we lost a lot, and we did lose some, but we have five seniors, 10 juniors and two sophomores this year. Most of them have been around the program for several years. There are a few new players, but most of them have been around.”

Bozeman said that he expects the team to have a successful year.

“We may not have the same explosive offensive attack as we’ve had the past few years, but we are finding our way,” Bozeman said. “I think we will be competitive in every single match. I think we have a chance to win the region and make a run in the playoffs.”

Over the weekend, the Bulldogs were in Montgomery to compete in a tournament with LAMP, Park Crossing and Holtville.

“I think playing in that tournament is going to really help us a lot,” Bozeman said. “We played against some very good soccer teams and we held our own. We played LAMP to a 0-0 tie in the first match, lost to Park Crossing in the second match and beat Holtville in the third match. LAMP then beat Park Crossing twice to win the tournament. We needed something like that to see what areas we need to improve and it also helped us build some confidence.”

Andalusia played Trinity on Tuesday night and came away with a 3-2 victory.

“This was the second time we played Trinity,” Bozeman said. “The first match we beat them 3-1. Last night (Tuesday), we got up 2-0 in the first half and then we had a little let down in the second half. We were still able to win, but we have to focus on finishing games. Our biggest challenge right now is keeping up the same intensity throughout the game.”

Andalusia returns to action on Friday against Montgomery Catholic in Andalusia. The JV game starts at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity game is slated for 6 p.m.