YORK TWP. — After winning just one conference match in the previous three seasons, Brookside has made a meteoric rise up the Patriot Athletic Conference standings this season. Going into Wednesday’s match with Buckeye, the Cardinals were a game from first place in the Stars Division. The Bucks made sure Brookside would get no closer.
Buckeye midfielder Summer Setliff scored six minutes into the match and the Bucks just piled on from there to hand Brookside a 4-0 loss and take over sole possession of second place in the PAC Stars Division.
“It was an emotional night,” Setliff said. “Knowing it was senior night made us want to win more.”
Buckeye (9-5, 8-1 PAC) was even more dominating than the final score indicated, outshooting the Cardinals 18-4 and keeping possession in its offensive third most of the first half.
“We hung with them for a long time, and then a couple of unlucky breaks went against us,” Brookside coach Zoran Cancar said. “A misplayed ball, a blown call and all of sudden we are down by four. Buckeye was the better side tonight, give them a lot of credit. I think this will make us a better team down the road.”
The Bucks held on to the 1-0 lead until the 58th minute when freshman Sarah Turner found herself on the receiving end of a long crossing pass from Jordan Davis. Turner was able to control the ball and shoot it across her body into the left corner of the goal.
The floodgates opened and Buckeye scored two more goals in the next seven minutes — one by freshman Norah Barnes and another from junior Samantha Sibley — to put the match out of reach.
“We talked at the half about passing the ball and not just kicking it around and we also went into a 4-3-3 formation,” Buckeye coach Bud Roberts said. “It took us awhile to get settled on the offensive end, but eventually it paid off.”
It would have been worse for Brookside (8-3, 7-2) had it not been for the outstanding goalkeeping of senior Melanie McCowan, who made 14 saves including several where the Buckeyes had wide-open shots.
“Melanie has been super all season, she has really been the reason for a lot of our success,” Cancar said. “It’s too bad she is a senior because those are going to be some really big shoes to fill next year.”
Senior night held special meaning for Buckeye forward Emily Giesen, who will be playing soccer next fall at Ohio University. She was playing her first full game of the season after having reconstructive ankle surgery six months ago.
“I’m actually six weeks ahead of schedule,” said Giesen, who said she’s still far from 100 percent. “I have been going to rehab six days a week and running and working on my own because I was determined to be back by the end of the season.”
Giesen also said senior night was an emotional time for her.
“It’s sad that my senior season is coming to an end but I was also very happy to be back out on the field,” she said. “I want to be able to make an impact on my team before the season ends.”
Buckeye 4, Brookside 0
- GOALS: Setliff (6th minute), Turner (58th minute), Sibley (62nd minute), Barnes (66th minute)
- ASSISTS: Joyce 2, Davis 2
- SAVES: (Brookside) McCowan 14; (Buckeye) Banas 3, Stacy 1
- FOULS: Brookside 6, Buckeye 10
- CORNER KICKS: Buckeye 3
- OFFSIDES: Brookside 1
- HALFTIME: Buckeye, 1-0
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