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Late Comeback Pushes Bears Past Waldorf

September 19, 2021
Davey (shown here in 2020) was again the hero (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Friday afternoon, the girls’ soccer team improved to 2-0 in PSAA play with a thrilling comeback vs. Waldorf on the home pitch.

The Wolverines struck first with a goal at the 26:23 mark, then added to their lead less than five minutes later on a strike from the right side to build a commanding 2-0 lead. The Bears responded over the remaining twenty minutes with renewed energy and stout defense, culminating in a great scoring opportunity in the final minute. Despite trailing 2-0 heading into the break, the Bears carried with them some key momentum.

The Bears were the clear aggressors as the second half opened and the hosts dominated possession for most of the final forty minutes. They finally broke through with 31:34 left when Mindy Yoder fired a shot from outside the box that soared above the keeper and in to halve the deficit. Seven minutes later, Alexis Savage notched her first goal as a Bear when her 40-yard offering received a fortuitous bounce to skip past the keeper and knot the match. From there the Bears continued to dominate possession while Savage, Christy Eugene, Kate Ward, and Morgan Ruggieri combined to limit Waldorf’s dynamic #23 who ran wild in the opening half. After several near goals, the Brook finally took the lead with 4:33 remaining when Scarlett Davey volleyed in a live ball in the box to vault the Bears into their first lead. The score was eerily similar to Madison Logan’s winner with 4:06 remaining in the Bears’ last match-up with Waldorf in 2019, down to the same area of the field. It would also prove to be Davey’s second game-winner in the Bears’ two league matches to go along with her golden goal in last week’s 5-4 win over Long Island Lutheran.

There was little drama over the final four minutes as the Bears bled away the clock by maintaining crucial possessions. Natalia Oben made several key stops to keep the Wolverines off the board in the second half and help the Brook improve to 4-1 all-time vs. Waldorf.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Staten Island Academy.

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