BEECHER | Beecher midfielder Jackson Strick knew that losing to Grant Park again was not an option.
Thursday, the Bobcats overcame River Valley Conference rival Grant Park 2-0 in the sixth annual Kick'n for the Cure Pink Game. Strick had two assists for the Bobcats, and Bailey Schultz and Chase Wyatt each scored for Beecher in the win.
"It was definitely a big win," Strick said. "They're a good team, and we love playing against them. But we knew we had to come in stronger than we did before."
With the win, the Bobcats avenged a Sept. 3 penalty-kick loss to Grant Park, which stands as Beecher's lone RVC loss of 2013.
"It was the pink game and we took a hard one against Grant Park the last time we played them," Beecher coach Dawn Compton said. "I knew we were going to be able to bounce back and win this game. This game, mentally, we came ready to play."
Strick found Wyatt off of a direct kick from the corner kick for the first goal of the match with 15:01 remaining in the first half. Grant Park keeper Jaron Jacobson deflected the kick, but Wyatt was there to put it away with the header.
"During practice we practice down there a lot," Strick said. "Because the corner, it's pretty bad. I knew where to place it, and I know Chase always gets to it. So I was able to give him the delivery, and he was able to put it away."
The second Bobcats goal came 11 minutes later when Strick sent a shot in the Grant Park box, where Schultz deflected it in for the 2-0 lead. Bobcat keeper Mark Hall had five saves to preserve the shutout.
"Everyone's communicating," Wyatt said of the Beecher defense. "Everyone's just working as a team, and it all works out."
Compton is confident the Bobcats (6-4, 2-1) can still compete for a RVC title, despite the early conference loss.
"We've talked about, we kind of put ourselves in a hole in conference," she said. "But we're more than capable of digging out of it, and (Thursday) was the first step."