Bryan’s girls soccer team couldn’t come back against the Swanton Bulldogs and fell 2-1 in its regular season finale at Recreation Park in Bryan on Thursday.
The teams played through nearly the entire first half without a score, before Bryan’s Shallyn Miley punched one in the back of with 6:30 left until the break. The Bears’ celebration was short-lived, however, as Miley was ruled offsides and the score was taken off the board.
Swanton (7-5-4) came back shortly after and Aricka Lutz scored on a header off a corner kick placed by Bridget Harlett to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with 3:20 to go in the half.
“I feel like the first half, we really played well against them and I feel like we out-played them some of the half,” Bryan coach Carrie Wilhelm said. “But I do think that (Swanton) figured out our defense a little bit.”
Swanton took its 1-0 advantage to the break and added another goal with 31:33 to go in the game when Averie Lutz scored to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Bryan (4-9-1) responded with a Kayla Arnold goal with 14:32 to go to make a 2-1 game, but it was as close as the Bears could get for the remainder of the game.
“I think we created opportunities for ourselves,” Wilhelm said. “But in the end (Swanton) finished more than we did.”
Bryan continues play at Napoleon with a Division II sectional semifinal game at 5 p.m. Monday. The Bears beat the Wildcats 3-0 in Bryan on Sept. 24.
“Ultimately, the goal is to advance,” Wilhelm said. “Earlier in the season, we saw Napoleon and we did come out on top in that game. ... Crazy things can happen in tournaments and we can’t go into it expecting to win it. We’re going to come out tomorrow, work hard and be ready to go on Monday.”