Thunder Strikes Down Panthers


Seeking their first district win, the Out-of-Door Academy girls soccer clashed with Bradenton Christian Panthers last Tuesday, November 19th. Coming off a tough loss in their first district match against Saint Stephens, the girls were fired up to win this one.

Bradenton Christian, a long rival with the Out-of-Door, would have liked nothing more then to absolutely demolish us. Their hopes were shattered with a 4-0 loss as the ODA girls cruised to their first district win.

Early in the game, number 3, Lexi Murphy, scored the Thunders’ first goal thanks to the assist by Emily Camire, ’14.

The second goal came mid-way through the first half by an unassisted break away by number 8, Abigail LaGasse, ’18.

Late in the first half, it was again Abby LaGasse on a unassisted break away which gave the Thunder a 3-0 lead going into the half.

Immediately after the start of the second half, number 23, Annika Lange, ’15 scored the Thunders’ fourth and final goal of the game.

After the game, leading goal scorer, LaGasse, said, “I really felt confident out there. Two goals is a big achievement, but I’ve got to forget about this game so I can stay focused for the next.”

“I hope we can go far this year, and this game set the tone for the rest of the season to come,” said LaGasse.

With the 4-0 win against BCS, the ODA girls’ confidence and team moral has been boosted significantly. They are more than ready to take another crack at St. Stephens. They will be able to do so again on Monday December 2nd.

Girls soccer coach, Bill Unzicker, said he was impressed with his team.

“I enjoy watching my girls work as a team out there and fight hard. When my starters play above expectations, it gives me a chance to put in the girls who don’t get as much playing time. With the 4-0 victory, I believe my team is capable of beating anyone as long as we stick to our game. It’s time to forget about this game though and only look forward.” said Unzicker.

If you like food, refreshments, and high quality competitiveness and entertainment, then you would love to watch a girls’ soccer game. The best part is… It’s free! So get out here and enjoy some outdoor fun.

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