BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls soccer team continued its dominating ways on Thursday afternoon with a 6-0 shutout over Kane at Frank Varischetti Field.
The Lady Rovers scored three first half goals –all of them in the first 20 minutes of the game –and played solid defense from there.
“Sometimes it takes them a little while to come out,” said Brockway coach Jess Leadbetter. “We have to tell them come out right off the bat with pressure, talking as a team, playing as a team. I think we’ve been getting a little bit better at that and coming out strong.”
Chanell Britten recorded another hat trick for the Lady Rovers on the day, just a week after putting together a four-goal performance against Elk County Catholic.
The sophomore got Brockway on the board at the 2:22 mark. Britten put up a shot that was originally stopped by Kane keeper Caitlin O’Hara, but O’Hara could not pick up the ball and Britten got the rebound and booted the ball in the net.
Kane did have a couple runs early in the first half and got off two shots on Brockway keeper Mackenzie Overbeck, but both were saved without much incident.
Emily Botwright got the Lady Rovers their second goal of the game at 14:34. Just three minutes later, Morrigan Decker gave Brockway a 3-0 lead after receiving a pass from down the field, and burying the ball on the top shelf.
The Lady Rovers also had a couple more chances late in the first half, but were unsuccessful in the attempts.
Britten hit the crossbar in the final minute of the first half, and also got another goal just before the buzzer. After receiving a pass, Britten kicked the ball past O’Hara, but the horn for the end of the first half sounded before the ball went over the goal line.
Kane came out after the break and put up the first shot which nearly resulted in a goal as Overbeck dropped the ball, but corraled in time before the ball could roll over the line.
Just a couple minutes later, Britten finally got her second goal of the game as the ball nipped off O’Hara’s hands, but the Lady Wolves’ keeper didn’t get enough of it as the ball rolled into the goal.
Britten got the hat trick just under three minutes later as Botwright got her the ball from the right wing. Britten got her right foot on the ball and one-timed it in the goal, giving the Lady Rovers a 5-0 lead.
O’Hara was pulled from the goal and sent to the Kane front line as Rachael Buhl took over in goal shortly after Britten’s third goal.
Buhl was welcomed to the game with another goal on the first shot she saw as Decker put in her second goal of the game at 48:22 to set the final. Morgan Lindemuth was credited with the assist on the final goal of the game.
Brockway also hit a crossbar later in the second half, but Buhl kept the Lady Rovers off the board the rest of the way.
Overbeck made four saves in goal to record another shutout. Buhl saved eight shots in her 30-plus minutes in goal.
Brockway won the shot count, 35-4. Britten led the way with 10 shots on goal, while Leah Lindemuth had six shots and Decker had five more.
Brockway is back in action on Monday as they visit DuBois Central Catholic as part of a boys and girls doubleheader. The girls game begins at 3:30 p.m, while the boys start at 5.