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Dan Geyer

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New season, new team, new coach. After ten seasons, Coach Kevin Morton decided not to return to the Belfast Lady Bulldogs sideline. After months of searching, transportation manager Jim Schneider became became coach of the Lady Bulldogs. He started the season with fourteen girls; however, one went down with an injury three days in, leaving thirteen girls, and thirteen were suited up for the first game against Andover on the 31st. The result for the young ladies was a 6-1 loss. Morgan Hamer scored, while she and Jaiden Enders combined for seven saves. Two days later, with only eleven players available, the Bulldogs lost a hard fought game in the second half to Hinsdale, 4-0. 

Four days later, on September 6th, the girls traveled to Hinsdale, where they battled to a 5-1 loss. Hanah Helms scored, while Hamer stopped twelve shots. The girls then traveled to Cuba on the 11th to take on the Rebels. The ladies played very well, holding C-R scoreless for 40 minutes, but fell 2-0, and Hamer saved ten shots on goal. Wednesday, September 13th’s game against Friendship showed how much this young team has. After falling behind 2-0 early in the first half, Megan Rose put Belfast on the board with her first goal of the season late in the half. In the second half, Cierra Wallace scored her first career goal to tie the game, and with eighteen minutes left in regulation, Helms gave Belfast a 3-2 lead; Friendship however, scored on a direct kick with four minutes left to tie the game, and remained tied through twenty minutes of extra soccer. Hamer added to her save total this season, stopping 12 Friendship shots.

On Friday, September 15th, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Scio looking for their first win of the season, and left with a 1-0 victory. Wallace netted her second goal of the season and Helms added an assist while Hamer collected three saves. Whitesville came to town on Tuesday the 19th, and after falling behind 2-0, the Bulldogs fell 2-1, but never gave up. Cierra Wallace netted her third goal of the season off a corner kick assist by Megan Rose, while Hamer stopped ten shots on goal. Twenty-four hours later, the ladies lost a hard fought game with J-T, 3-0 , after keeping them to one goal for seventy-five minutes. Morgan added to her career save total, stopping eleven shots on goal. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to the Fillmore turf Friday night for a 7:00 match-up with the Eagles. Morgan Hamer needs only eight more saves to reach 300. Come support the Lady Bulldogs this season!

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