It’s a sign of the times that this year’s Bloomingdale-Newsome girls soccer game has its own Facebook event page. The two now non-district rivals meet a 6 p.m. on Friday night at Bloomingdale in the final game for both teams before postseason play begins next week.
For Bloomingdale senior Jordan Johnson the game offers a perfect way for her and her teammates to prepare for the playoffs.
“I think playing Newsome is definitely going to prepare go,” Johnson said. “They’re such a good team, and a good contender to win their district, so to play a good quality team is going to help us play faster, move the ball, and get us ready for Plant next week.”
Johnson points to the Bulls 3-1 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 8 as a key moment in their season. The Bulls led 1-0 in that game before giving up three unanswered goals, teaching the Bulls a lesson about not losing focus. Since then, the Bulls have earned a 2-1 victory against East Bay in the Sarasota Invitational and a 6-0 win against Wharton in their first game back after the holiday break.
“We’ve all been a lot more focused knowing we can’t slack off in any game,” Johnson said. “We knew from that game on that we couldn’t let down at any moment because we were very vulnerable. We knew we had to get back to playing pretty soccer, moving the ball, and I think since Thanksgiving we’ve shown that we’re young, but we’re still a very strong team.”