Boys varsity soccer rattles Rams for sixth-straight win


Ally Wolling

Henry Gaston celebrates after scoring a goal in the Hawks’ game vs Albert Gallatin on Sept. 8.

On another beautiful evening for soccer at BPHS Stadium, the boys soccer team put four goals past the Ringgold keeper on their way to a 4-1 victory. This marks their sixth straight win since starting 0-3, and they are now 5-2 in section 3-3A.

The Hawks came in as the favorite to win, but Ringgold had an agenda to prove doubters wrong in the first 10 minutes. The Rams scored the opener after multiple good scoring opportunities.

“The first five minutes they played extremely hard, it caught us off guard a little bit,” said Coach Doug Fink, “but we knew we have a lot of quality within our team. We had confidence that we would bounce back.”

And bounce back they did. Bethel went on to score three goals before the end of the first half: two from Cody Hendrych-Bondra and one off the head of Henry Gaston. That time Hendrych-Bondra would have to settle for just an assist.

It was easy going for the Hawks from there. They maintained possession and prevented Ringgold from threatening their goal again in the second half. Xavier Jackson was able to net one more after catching the keeper out and putting one in on an open goal.

Bethel Park is now working with a six game win streak, following an 0-3 start.

“Confidence right now is sky-high,” said Fink. “[The players] know they can come back in a game, they can be up, but a true test will be coming up on Thursday because we play [Thomas Jefferson]. They’re top of the section.”

The Hawks have matches against TJ on Thursday and at Trinity next Tuesday. These two teams defeated the Hawks early in the season and remain above them in the standings, but Coach Fink thinks the team has a point to prove.

“I know how disappointed they were, especially against TJ and Trinity. I have confidence that we can bounce back, and I think they do have a point to prove. Whether we win, lose, or draw, I think we can go a long way this season.”

The Hawks are back out against section-leading TJ on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BPHS Stadium. Make sure to get down to the stadium and cheer on the Hawks as they look to make it seven in a row.