Bri Folds Scores 3 Times as Lakeland Christian Blanks Jenkins, 3-0
Sat. December 22, 2012 at 12:38 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN'S BRI FOLDS scores her third goal of the night against George Jenkins in a 3-0 victory for the Vikings. (Photo by SCOTT WHEELER | THE LEDGER)
By SOLANGE REYNER
LAKELAND | Bri Folds was in the gift-giving mood four days before Christmas.
The tiny freshman forward from Lakeland Christian scored three goals Friday night to lift LCS over George Jenkins, 3-0, in a high school girls' soccer game.
The win was the Vikings' first over Jenkins in at least nine years.
That's when coach Jason Streets was hired.
"Not sure if we beat them before that, but I don't think so," Streets said.
As the players on the bench cuddled underneath blankets and Streets under a beanie and big sweater on a toe-numbing, chilly night at Viking Stadium, the 5-foot-3 Folds was making Jenkins' defense work up a sweat.
All her goals came in the second half, including her final jaw-dropping attempt from the far left side of the field.
That's when her feet danced around the ball, around a defender and off her right foot into the right corner of the goal.
"I was in shock, absolutely in shock when she made that," Streets said.
That goal happened at the 62-minute mark. Her others were at 46 and 52 minutes, the first one assisted by forward Sydney Rayborn.
"It's amazing that we won," said Folds, who had trouble containing her focus after the game while being interviewed. "This feels just awesome."
Before then, the game was a defensive stalemate. Lakeland Christian had five shots on goal in the first half, Jenkins four. But both goalies , Lydia Cagle for LCS and Haleigh Mercer for Jenkins, held their own.
Cagle finished with nine saves, Mercer with six.
The Vikings' defense held strong throughout, though, with Streets opting to man mark Jessie Scarpa, Jenkins' strongest player. Sophomore Carly Knox took on that task.
Scarpa got through at times, though, and made the defense work hard for the shutout.
"She still got in, but we didn't give her as much space as she wanted," Streets said.
Added Jenkins' coach Marissa Kazbour: "They ran a 4-5-1 and were successful with that formation. It's hard to work past five midfielders."
Besides Scarpa, there wasn't much more pressure added by Jenkins on offense. Streets gave credit to his four defenders on the back line for putting the squeeze on.
"All four of them stepped up tonight," Streets said, naming Charlie Eaves, Bailee Mathers, Josie Koretchko and Mary Catherine Peace. "We never gave up any breakaways and we kept them in front of us all night."
Folds, who leads the county in goals with 41, has stormed onto the high school soccer scene. She's had at least five hat tricks this season and has been a menace for opposing coaches to plan defenses around.
"Her goals tonight were sick," Cagle said. "Just awesome."
But she was going for four.
"Oh yes," Folds said while adjusting her black headband on her forehead.
"We just wanted to make a statement," her words trailing off as she focused on Jenkins players congratulating her and her teammates calling her over for a photo.
Cagle finished the sentence for her.
"We just wanted to let teams know to not underestimate us," Cagle said.
The Vikings made that point clear in the win over last year's runner-up in Class 4A.