Brentwood Loses 2nd OT Game In a Row

Senior Sotiria Karanikolas hits the ball against Notre Dame on Sept. 23 in Brentwood. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Sotiria Karanikolas hits the ball against Notre Dame on Sept. 23 in Brentwood. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Defense is airtight for 70-plus minutes

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

There’s truth to the sports cliché that the best offense is a good defense. But that doesn’t mean you can win without offense.

The Brentwood High School field hockey team lived the lesson on Tuesday in a 1-0 overtime loss to Notre Dame at Mark Twain Elementary School.

For more than 70 minutes the Eagles repelled every attack the Rebels could muster. Defenders Audrey Brown and Emma Lochmoeller won battle after battle to keep the ball away from goalkeeper Emma Stoverink. Brown was especially tireless, rushing up to strip the ball from Notre Dame’s forwards over and over again.

“She was the intensity, the motivator,” said BHS assistant coach Carrie Spencer.

Audrey Brown gets ready to defend her goal from Notre Dame in the second half.
Audrey Brown gets ready to defend her goal from Notre Dame in the second half.
Defender Emma Lochmoeller helped Brentwood hold Notre Dame scoreless for two halves.
Defender Emma Lochmoeller helped Brentwood hold Notre Dame scoreless for two halves.

When the ball did get through to Stoverink, she showed confidence and judgment not normally seen in a sophomore — knowing when to rush up and boot it clear and when to lay back and make a save.

Emma Stoverink steps up to stop a shot from Notre Dame in the second half.
Emma Stoverink steps up to stop a shot from Notre Dame in the second half.

Neither team had won a game yet this season so both were hungry. But in the end, about halfway through the 10-minute overtime period, it was the Rebels who were able to put together an offensive play to end it. Stoverink was lured out of the net to stop a drive and forward Ellie Meystrik shot the ball past her for a 1-0 victory.

It was the type of play Brentwood’s arsenal has lacked this season. The team has scored only three goals — one each by Lochmoeller, Abby Harper and Oni Wright.

The loss came one day after a 1-0 double overtime loss to Pattonville. It’s no wonder Spencer and head coach Janie Schneider looked weary afterwards. Also, it bothered them that some of their players seemed in good spirits after Notre Dame.

“It means something for them to play as hard as they did,” offered Spencer.

“Yeah,” said Schneider, “but when I played for Brentwood and we lost a close one like this, I was crushed. I’d go home that night and cry. I’d like to see our girls more upset by a loss like this.”

Brentwood head coach Janie Schnieder speaks to her players at halftime.
Brentwood head coach Janie Schnieder speaks to her players at halftime.
Assistant coach Carrie Spencer speaks at halftime.
Assistant coach Carrie Spencer listens to Mishal Azeem.

BHS 2015 lineup
Forwards: Kerry Clarke, Abby Harper, Mickey Torres.
Midfielders: Mishal Azeem, Aileen Frazier, Oni Wright.
Defenders: Audrey Brown, Megan Jones, Sotiria Karanikolas, Emma Lochmoeller.
Goalkeeper: Emma Stoverink.

More photos from contest with Notre Dame

 

Oni Wright (left) in the first half.
Oni Wright (left) in the first half.

Abby Harper reacts to an unfavorable call from an official near the Notre Dame net in the overtime period.
Abby Harper reacts to an unfavorable call from an official near the Notre Dame net in the overtime period.
Kerry Clarke in the first half.
Kerry Clarke in the first half.
Mishal Azeem (left) in the first half.
Mishal Azeem (left) in the first half.
Megan Jones (left) in the first half.
Megan Jones (left) in the first half.
Mia Lewis in the first half.
Mia Lewis in the first half.
Mickey Torres (right) in the second half.
Mickey Torres (right) in the second half.
Caroline Bender at a team practice earlier this month.
Caroline Bender at a team practice earlier this month.
Sotiria Karanikolas in the first half.
Sotiria Karanikolas in the first half.
Janie Schneider talks to the team before the game.
Janie Schneider talks to the team before the game.
Audrey Brown steals the ball in the first half.
Audrey Brown steals the ball in the first half.
Oni Wright (left) in the first half.
Oni Wright (left) in the first half.
Megan Jones in the first half.
Megan Jones tees off in the first half.
Mishal Azeem (left) in the first half.
Mishal Azeem (left) in the first half.
Emma Lochmoeller (left) in the first half.
Emma Lochmoeller (left) in the first half.
Mia Lewis tries to clear the ball from in front of the Brentwood goal in the first half.
Mia Lewis clears the ball from in front of the Brentwood goal in the first half.
Emma Stoverink during the break before the overtime period.
Goalkeeper Emma Stoverink during the break before the overtime period.
Kerry Clarke during the break before the overtime period.
Kerry Clarke rests before the overtime period.
Abby Harper (right) in the second half.
Abby Harper (right) in the second half.
Carrie Spencer eyes her players during the overtime period.
Carrie Spencer during the overtime period.

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