Soccer: Bulls charge into district – Bridgeport soccer gearing up for another run

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Full Speed Ahead

FULL SPEED AHEAD – Bridgeport’s Jesus Aguilar dribbles the ball in a game against Abilene Wylie. The Bulls are 10-2 this season. Photo Courtesy Cindy Peavey. 

On the way to Bridgeport’s last non-district game against Mineral Wells, Juan Amador and Eric Aguilar started talking.

The topic of conversation? How many times Amador would find the back of the net.

“I asked him, ‘How many goals are you going to score?'” Aguilar said. “He said, ‘How much are you going to assist me?'”

Amador scored four times that night with Aguilar assisting on three.

“We had a good game,” Amador said with a laugh.

Even though the Bulls are 10-2 and eventually downed Mineral Wells 5-1, Bridgeport is not satisfied with regular season success. Coming off a loss in last year’s 4A state title game, the Bulls only have one goal in mind – bring home the hardware.

With a majority of last year’s squad back, Bridgeport is once again proving to be a force in District 3-4A. The Bulls dispatched of Burkburnett 5-1 in their district opener and have averaged 3.8 goals per game this season.

“We just really push ourselves to do better as a team,” Aguilar said. “We believe we can [get back to the state title]. It’s just how bad do we want it?”

While Bridgeport is capable of scoring a flurry of goals and peppering opponents with shots, it’s been the Bulls’ defense that has shined through the first 12 matches.

The Bulls have recorded shutouts in seven of their 10 wins and are holding opponents to 0.8 goals per match.

“Every single person on the back line is a returner from last year,” said Bridgeport coach C.J. Cartwright. “They all have experience from last year, making those runs and playing the tough teams. I think they’ve only grown from that.”

Amador said the key on defense has been communication and team chemistry.

The Bulls have allowed only 10 goals this year, and have not allowed more than two in a match.

“They are extremely competitive,” Cartwright said of his team. ” They’re like having coaches on the field. They get onto each other. It’s crazy. They know what all of them are all capable of. If one of them is not getting good touches on the ball or not making good decisions, they get after each other.”

Bridgeport played host to Wichita Falls Hirschi Friday to kick off a three-game homestand. As the Bulls gear up for another run at a district title, Bridgeport knows they are going to get everyone’s best shot.

They don’t fly under the radar any more.

“There have been games where teams have been all up on us,” Amador said. “Ever since we went to the state final, it’s just going to be like that. I like competition. It just prepares us for the next step and helps us.”

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