By John Lachmann
CYNTHIANA, Ky. – A drill Brossart had specifically worked on recently paid dividends at the best possible time.
Junior forward Nicole Goderwis tapped home the lone goal in the Mustangs’ 1-0 win over Campbell County in the Region 10 championship at the Harrison County Athletic Complex on Saturday.
Brossart will host Tates Creek in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday at a time and location TBD.
Junior Kelsey Wolfzorn centered a pass from the right wing to senior Cori Ziegler, who slipped a shot into the box with senior Morgan Verst standing in the goal mouth.
Facing away from the net, Verst backfooted the ball around the keeper, and Goderwis tapped it in with 20:04 remaining in the first half.
“We’ve instituted a new drill in practice that we really work on – balls that are in the box, kind of knocking around – and seeing how we can knock them home by staying in front of the keeper,” Brossart coach Brad Gough said. “That was straight out of the training (drill).”
It was the 10th goal of the season for Goderwis and her fourth this postseason.
“It was happening so slow, but then it hit the back of the net and it was just so much adrenaline,” Goderwis said. “I was so happy and everyone celebrated.”
The Mustangs generated several solid scoring chances early, forcing Camels junior goalkeeper Bryanna Schroers to makes three saves before Goderwis’ goal.
Campbell County’s best two chances in the first half were a header by senior Brandi Rice that missed the goal wide and a blast by sophomore Keley Riley that also went wide.
With the wind, the Camels were able to attack more, and they forced Brossart senior goalkeeper Sarah Futscher to make three saves, with Rice and Riley again putting the best shots on net.
The Mustangs recorded their ninth straight shutout and their 14th overall. Brossart has not allowed a goal since Sept. 18 and has surrendered four goals in its last 17 matches.
“Our defense, I honestly thing is one of the best in the state,” Goderwis said. “They’re just incredible – they won’t let anything by them. They’re amazing.”
The Mustangs have given up nine goals on the year, or 0.45 per match, and Gough was pleased with his team’s defensive effort in this match.
“I’m really happy,” Gough said. “You’re going to create chances when you send people forward like (Campbell) was, and they did a great job creating chances but nothing really clear-cut. Sarah (Futcher) played a great game, staying attached to our defense but she really didn’t have to make any key saves.”
This was the second straight regional championship for Brossart, which also beat Campbell County last season, 2-1 in penalty kicks.
Senior Natalie Visse and Rice were named to the all-tournament team from the Camels. Seniors Madison Linebach and Samatha Cetrula made that team from the Mustangs, and Brossart sophomore Amanda Graus was awarded the most valuable player plaque.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOAL: B—Goderwis. SHUTOUT: Futscher (3 saves). RECORDS: Brossart 17-3, Campbell County 15-6-2.