Barlow crushes West Albany 5-0
The Barlow girls soccer team stacked another win as they blew out a visiting West Albany team 5-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Barlow High School.
Early into the first half, Barlow came out flatfooted and less energetic compared to the team's earlier matches. The Bruins low-energy start didn't inhibit their ability to move the ball down the field. The home team had no trouble controlling the pace of the game, especially when it came to taking shots on goal.
Within the first few minutes of the game, Barlow girls were squaring up shots from all over the field. By the end of the first half, they had more than double the shots on goal compared to the visiting Bulldogs.
Barlow head coach Jay Jacobson said that shooting has been part of the plan all season. "We like to posses the ball, work it and build from the back, then move it up to our strikers who have some real pace to them," Jacobson said. "You know, it's obvious too, the more shots you take, the more opportunities you have at scoring."
That proved true in Barlow's case when senior defender Maci Bowman took a ball from midfield down to the penalty box maneuvering past West Albany defenders for a goal that gave the Bruins the lead in the 19th minute.
"I saw a clear opening, and I thought that I should take this opportunity," Bowman said about her scoring play. "I just thought if I could hit this on frame it would be awesome."
Before the score, the Bulldogs defense held their ground relatively well against the persistent Barlow forwards, but Bowman's goal opened the Bruins attack. Minutes later a cross from a Barlow midfielder was tapped into the back of the net by the forward posted near the goal to put up the home team 2-0.
Barlow's first half lead propelled them to take even more shots on goal after halftime. Barlow's offense was able to continue to put pressure on the West Albany's back line thanks to strong defending and dominating in the midfield.
The Bruins' scoring would bleed into the second half with an impressive curving shot from junior Arielle Barry that dropped into the top left corner of the goal post. A struggling West Albany would let another goal slip past them as sophomore forward Katya Tercek got another score for the Bruins.
The nail in the coffin for the visiting Bulldog team would come off a goal from senior Kennedie Shuler who blasted a shot from beyond the penalty box into the back of the net to make the final score 5-0.
After visiting Canby and Lincoln High School, the Bruins will be back at home to finish off nonleague play against St. Mary's Academy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
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