Brookfield Central beat Brookfield East, 2-0, Tuesday night at East and Lancer seniors Sarah Fotsch and Sierra High and coach Jason Burdge had a special reason to be happy.
That's because that was the first time Fotsch, Sierra and the rest of the seniors had beaten East in their four years. For Burdge, it goes back further. It was the first time he beat the Spartans since he took over as coach six years ago.
"We've been waiting four years to beat East. I just love this win," Fotsch said.
Burdge pointed out that the year Central went to state they beat East in a shootout, but that technically a tie.
"For me it's my first official win. It feels like a big weight off my shoulders," he said. "Every year its our main goal - beat East. I'm like (former Chicago Bears coach) Lovey Smith, every year you got you've got to beat the Packers."
Central got on the scoreboard when High hit the ball from the left corner across the front of the net, where Fotsch took off, leaped and hit in into the left side of the goal for a 1-0 lead at the 34:36 mark.
"I saw her coming back out and I turned around and I was able to knock it back in," said Fotsch who has four header goals this year. "It was perfect, I couldn't ask for more. I just had that feeling it was going in."
High talked about her end of the play.
"I had a corner and it came back out. I got it back and had a couple touches on the ball and got it back in and I somehow found Fotsch's head."
When asked about her team-leading assist total, High said "I feel it's just as big a part as the goal."
High was at it again when she placed a corner kick in front of the net from the right side at 68:53 and junior Josie Nording headed into the goal.
"We defended well," Burdge said. "I don't think we had any scary chances."
Burdge felt scoring first was huge for his team.
"The goal energizes you as a player," he said. "You feel confident, on top of the world. You could tell. Then they were on their heels we were on the attack."
Spartan coach summed up his feelings quickly afterwards.
"Overall I didn't think we defended well. We were unable to match their physicality. We didn't do a good job of defending their set pieces - obviously, that's how they got their two goals.
"They capaitalized and we didn't Two, three balls played into space isn't going to do it."
Central is now 2-1-1 in the Greater Metro and 8-1-2 overall. East is 5-4 and 3-1 in the GMC.
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