ZIONSVILLE — Like they have done throughout the IHSAA girls’ soccer tournament, the Brownsburg Bulldogs made it memorable Wednesday night.
But the storybook run ended in the regional opener at Zionsville as Brebeuf Jesuit beat the Bulldogs 4-3.
“We played well, we just got a couple bad bounces,” Brownsburg coach Phil Slavens said.
The loss ends Brownsburg’s undefeated streak of eight games (four wins, four ties) and follows their postseason wins of 9-0 against Mooresville and 1-0 overtime sectional championship versus Avon.
Wednesday’s defeat also marks the beginning Slavens’ retirement after a 15-year career at Brownsburg.
“It’s sad, it really is. I just love this team,” he said. “I’ve had a great run, I’ve had a lot of great teams, I’ve had a ton of tremendous players and none better than this team here. They showed so much heart the last eight games and I could not be more proud of them. It’s a little sad but there again, I’ve been so blessed to have such good teams and to be at such a great school.”
The Braves (9-7-3) scored two goals in the last 12 minutes and withstood a furious rally from Brownsburg (5-10-4). With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs attempted back-to-back corner kicks and had multiple chances for a goal but came up just short.
“I thought a ball was in. I really did,” Slavens said. “But the linesman is on the line so I guess it wasn’t. But we had chances.”
Brebeuf’s Courtney Burks scored the only goal of the first half with 2:22 remaining and 1-0 at the break.
But after halftime, offense exploded from both teams.
Brownsburg needed only 25 seconds to tie the score when Sophie McFarland placed a perfect cross from the right side of the box on the head of Masey Brunn.