FORT WAYNE—"Team defense."
According to Bellmont coach Steve Lee, this has been the mantra of the 2013 BHS girls soccer team and once again it proved the deciding factor in Thursday night's away victory at Blackhawk Christian, 1-0.
Bellmont seized control of the game early through a patient, possession passing game. Backing Blackhawk into their defensive half the Squaws moved the ball well and created several early scoring chances, but were repeatedly thwarted by Blackhawk goalkeeper Alex Seabeck.
The battle of defenses raged into halftime with a fruitless tally, 0-0. The second half saw an increase in attacking from Bellmont and another half dozen saves from Seabeck, but the deadlock was finally broken midway through the period with a nicely triangulated play.
Midfielder Hannah Wellman started the exchange with a penetrating pass to midfielder Bailey Beery who teed up freshman forward Ryan Velez near the goal. Velez fired an unstoppable shot past Seabeck for the game's only goal.
More team defense and keep-away passing killed the remaining time on the clock and helped freshman goalkeeper Kirsten Winter, who filled in admirably for the injured Tori Smitley, to a clean sheet in her varsity debut.
The Squaws are on the road again Monday taking on conference powerhouse Carroll.