By John Lachmann
CYNTHIANA, Ky. – Brossart has more than proven it can play defense, evidenced by the eight straight shutouts it has posted and the four goals it has allowed in the past two months.
But it was the Mustangs’ passing clinic that headlined their 7-0 win over Pendleton County in a Region 10 semifinal at Harrison County on Wednesday.
Five of Brossart’s seven goals came off of direct assists on passes, and the Mustangs had several other scoring chances set up by precise feeds that were either blocked or ended in missed or saved shots.
“I was really happy from player one to player 20, my subs and my starters all played really well, kept really great possession,” Brossart coach Brad Gough said.
Senior forward Madison Linebach opened the scoring just 2:14 into the first half, taking a centering feed from senior forward Morgan Verst deep in the box and beating the keeper.
“We’ve been good defensively all year, so that first goal really allows us to play with confidence and send people forward and push for a second (goal),” Gough said.
Linebach set up senior forward Abby Stadtmiller in similar fashion in the 12th minute to make it 2-0.
Linebach then got loose for a breakaway just two-plus minutes later, and deposited it in the net, as she figured into all of the first three goals for the Mustangs.
Stadtmiller dribbled in and scored off a crossing feed from junior forward Nicole Goderwis at the midway point of the first half.
Brossart did not score again before halftime but went for the throat right after the break.
A shot by Goderwis redirected into the net off the leg of a Wildcats’ defender just over two minutes into the second half to make it 5-0.
The Mustangs scored on another centering feed, this time from junior Jordyn Boesch to fellow classman Morgan Frey in the 46th minute.
Senior Courtney Huesman set up junior Abby Anderson’s goal that wrapped up the scoring with another stellar crossing pass.
“Our passes went really well tonight,” Stadtmiller said. “The starters, in the midfield – just moving the ball. It was beautiful.”
Brossart used all three of its keepers, who combined for one save and the Mustangs’ 13th shutout of the season. The team is allowing 0.47 goals per game and 0.25 since Aug. 24.
Brossart will face Campbell County in the regional final at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The match was originally scheduled for noon but was moved back because of ACT testing that morning.
The Mustangs shut out the Camels twice this season, and is 5-0 the past two seasons, with four of those coming in shootouts, including the 2012 regional final.
Brossart has not lost to Campbell County since 2003.
HALFTIME: 4-0. GOALS: B—Stadtmiller 2, Linebach 2, Frey, Anderson, own goal. SHUTOUT: Futscher, Hundemer and Lloyd (1 save). RECORDS: Brossart 16-3, Pendleton County 15-9.
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