Bryant girls’ early push provides impetus to comfortable win

RUSSELLVILLE — The Bryant Lady Hornets burst out to a 3-0 lead in the first half on the way to their seventh consecutive win and 14th in 15 matches this season on Friday night.

In the second match in two nights, sophomore Caroline Campbell drilled three goals on the way to the 5-1 win. Natalie Pierce and Anna Lowery each had a goal as well with Campbell and Lowery each contributing two assists.

Pierce also had a goal in the junior varsity’s 2-1 win. Sarah Kennedy had a goal as well.

“I felt the first half we made smart decisions on the field,” stated Bryant coach Julie Long. “We passed the ball with purpose and it usually turned into developing some sort of attack.”

Campbell’s first two goals came in rapid succession. The first came 10 minutes into the match with Lowery providing the assist. Campbell attacked the net for a solo goal two minutes later.

Before the half was out, Campbell fed Pierce for her goal at 3:25.

Lowery’s goal at 33:07 of the second half made it 4-0. Campbell had the assist. Lowery returned the favor at 26:06 as Campbell scored the hat trick.

Russellville avoided the shutout with a goal off a penalty kick with a minute left in the contest.

The Lady Cyclones only mustered three shots on goal. Bryant keeper Maddie Hawkins saved the lone attempt that was on target.

Bryant, now 5-0 in the league and 3-0 against 7A teams in the conference, hosts rival Benton on Monday then returns to league action against Mount St. Mary Academy at home on Friday.

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