With time running out in the half, freshman Hayley Stroup cleaned up a bobble by Chargers’ goalkeeper Emily Jensen after a shot by teammate Jordan Lightner. The shot went in with two seconds remaining in the half and gave the Bruins a 2-0 advantage.
“Every game I just want to score one goal,” Stroup said. “I feel honored as a freshman to be on varsity and be on this team with the seniors.”
The Bruins sprinted off the field for the break with renewed energy, sensing a second sectional title was just one half of play away.
“The girls were psyched and came over and were ready to go right back out and play,” Sloan said.
Tri-West stepped up its offensive pressure out of the break and it finally paid off as two more seniors scored, putting the Bruins up 4-0.
Cary Brown scored with 10:45 remaining and Lauren DeSutter put another in over Jensen’s head with 3:38 left.
North Montgomery took all three of its shots in the second half, but Tri-West’s defense played superbly throughout the game. Led by Sydney Carlson, the Bruin’s back line kept the Chargers at bay all morning.
Though challenged on three occasions and despite giving up a late goal, Tri-West sophomore goalkeeper Karen Joes has been great all year, combining with the back line as a formidable wall.
“She has recorded the most shut outs of any goalie this year with 11,” Sloan said. “Karen is a very fine athlete and the defense as a whole has attributed to that.”
Tri-West’s experience from last season should bode well as they play the winner of Cascade and Park Tudor next Saturday at 12 p.m. at Park Tudor in the one game regional.