2018-05-10 / Sports

Nouvel kickers bow to Fighting Bees, 5-0

By Lamont Lenar


Maci Solek gets a shot for Nouvel at the Bath goal during the May 1 match. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Maci Solek gets a shot for Nouvel at the Bath goal during the May 1 match. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Nouvel Catholic Central girls’ soccer team faced off against Bath on Tuesday, May 1, with the Fighting Bees taking the 5-0 win over the Panthers.

In the first half, Nouvel controlled the ball defensively and limited Bath’s offensive opportunities. The Bees were forced into a defensive game, with Nouvel keeping pressure in the Bath defensive end, with only brief opportunities to get past midfield.

The Panthers kept the pressure on the Bees’ net, but were unable to score. Bath was able to get the stops, and force Nouvel’s shots wide.

Bath got behind the Nouvel defense on a breakaway and found the net at 15:33 for the 1-0 lead.

The Bees also scored off a corner kick with 3:01 left in the period to take the 2-0 advantage at the half.

In the second half the Bees struck right away with their third goal just 3:31 into the period.


Isabelle Patel gets the breakaway for Nouvel in its May 1 match against Bath. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Isabelle Patel gets the breakaway for Nouvel in its May 1 match against Bath. Photo by Lamont Lenar Nouvel once again started to take control of the ball, but failed to get a shot in the goal. Bath slowly started to get more offensive opportunities, controlling the game as the second half went on.

The Bees scored two more goals, one at the 13:51 mark, and then again with 3:12 to go for the 5-0 final.

The Panthers players are gaining experience this season with 10 players on the varsity squad for the first time, eight being freshmen.

Nouvel coach Matthew Solek said “We outplayed them, for the first 40 minutes, controlling possession, but could not get a goal.”

With the young team, he said that he is seeing a lot of difference as the season has gone along. He said “Every practice we’re getting better, every game we’re getting better. We’ll get there.”



Sierra Reitz and a Bath defender fight for possession during the Panthers’ May 1 match. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Sierra Reitz and a Bath defender fight for possession during the Panthers’ May 1 match. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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