DuBOIS — Although it certainly wasn’t their best effort of the season, the Brockway girls soccer team still did plenty enough for a 4-0 shutout win over DuBois Central Catholic on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Rovers had one early goal to start, but was held from there for nearly 60 minutes before Chanell Britten was responsible for three goals within just over 10 minutes late in the second half.
“It was a different formation (from DCC) that we were up against,” said Brockway coach Jess Leadbetter. “It took them a little while to figure it out. Sometimes they aren’t themselves with the communication, not only just talking as a team, but also listening. I think that played a big part of it.
“They talked about it at halftime. We discussed some things, and I think that helped a little bit. We moved the ball a little better in the second half, but I think Central also worked on a lot of things from the last time we played them, and they played a lot better too.”
DCC seemed to show big improvement from the previous game at Brockway, where the Lady Rovers won big, 7-0. In the game game, the Lady Rovers scored five goals in the last 14 minutes of the first half.
“We hung in there for longer than we actually thought we would,” said Central coach Dawn Bressler. “We also had some great passes, and we’ve been working on that at practice. It was really nice to see them put it in action.”
The Lady Rovers first got on the board at the 8:48 mark. Leah Lindemuth hit the cross bar on a shot, and the ball ricocheted to Morrigan Decker, who got the rebound and put it past the DCC keeper for the first goal of the game.
Lindemuth also hit a post later in the first half, but DCC keeper MacKenzie Manning kept everything out of the goal through the rest of the first half.
Central only had two shots on goal for the game –one in each half. Brockway keeper Mackenzie Overbeck saved both shots.
The Lady Rovers didn’t pick up their first shot of the second half until the 49th minute, and Britten nearly goto her team started in the second half just a couple minutes later, but pushed a shot wide right of the goal.
Finally at 67:16, Britten got her team a little breathing room as she got just enough of the ball to trickle past the goal line, giving the Lady Rovers a 2-0 lead.
The sophomore got two more goals in the last 10 minutes of the game. The first was a blast from 10 yards away, putting the ball at the top shelf with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
The second came at 77:38 as Britten smashed the ball off the crossbar, but got the ball just low enough that the ball went over the line off the crossbar to set the final at 4-0.
Britten and Lindemuth both had six shots on goal to lead the Lady Rovers.
Sabrina Spencer and Jordy Kosko had the only shots for DCC. Manning saved nine Brockway shots.
Brockway is back in action this afternoon as they host Punxsutawney at Frank Varischetti Field for a 5 p.m. game. DuBois Central Catholic visits Curwensville on Wednesday.