It took the Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team an extra 20 minutes and nine penalty kicks before they could claim victory, but they did and they moved on to the Elite 8 of the OSAA 4A State Championships.
The journey to Tuesday’s game began Saturday with a play-in game against the Lady Ravens of Ridgeview which the Lady Bruins won 5-1.
“It feels great,” senior Karlie Gonzalez said on Saturday. “We all a little nerves but we had confidence in each other. I knew we could do it.”
The Bruins scored two quick goals to jump to an early lead and, according to Gonzalez, it gave the team some much needed confidence.
“It helped us a lot, getting them in the beginning,” she said. “It really boosted our confidence a lot.”
The Lady Bruins carried that confidence into Tuesday’s game at Henley High School where they won 2-1.
The Bruins were scored on early, but were able to get a goal when senior Jade Heredia put the ball in the net off a pass by fellow senior Francesca Farr in the 45th minute.
The goal for a tie before time expired in regulation sent the game into two, 10-minute overtime periods.
Neither team was able to score in overtime and the game, tied 1-1, went to a five-shot penalty kick phase.
Sophomore Hanna Leonard and Gonzalez scored on their opportunities and senior goalkeeper Hannah Goergen was able to make a block on one of the Lady Hornets shots to send the game into sudden-death overtime.
Junior Molly Joyce scored on the Bruins’ second shot and Goergen made a block on the next shot to win it for the Lady Bruins.
“The girls played really well,” Head Coach Fernando Villa said. “The put all their heart into the game and came out with the win.”
With the victory, the girls squad advances to the Elite 8 of the OSAA 4A Girls State Soccer Tournament and will travel to La Grande to face the number-one seed Tigers.
The Lady Bruins will leave Friday morning to make the 600-mile drive to La Grande before playing Saturday afternoon. The game time is yet to be determined but will likely be early in the afternoon to avoid darkness.
La Grande is 14-0-0 on the season and is currently ranked first in the OSAA rankings. The Bruins are 11-1-2 and ranked ninth.