Times – Captain Shreve halts 17 years of soccer frustration versus Byrd

They picked perhaps the worst weather night of the first month of the year to do it, but the Captain Shreve girls soccer team did something Tuesday night at Lee Hedges Stadium that it hadn’t done in nearly two decades.

The Lady Gators beat perennial powerhouse Byrd 1-0 for the first time in 17 years.

The current group of Lady Gator seniors (Emily Watts, Laney Fouts, Niya Sims and Kyndol Dowdy) were just newborns the last time their team pulled off a win against perennial state powerhouse Byrd.

But thanks to a Lady Gator sophomore Emma Bradford, Shreve pulled off a rare win over the Lady Jackets in front of a large crowd that braved steady rain in a sub 50-degree night to watch their team win for what is believed to be the first time since 2003.

“This means a lot to us because we haven’t beaten Byrd in a while,” Bradford understated. “It’s good to see our hard work pay off that we worked for all last season. I love coach (Erik) Lane. I owe him my entire life for everything.”

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