Bear Creek girls defeat Crosspoint in a soccer thriller, 3-2
October 5, 2012 · 12:36 PM
A crazy turn of events on Tuesday between Bear Creek and Crosspoint Academy reminded many of last year’s 2B state semifinal game.
Bear Creek and league rival Crosspoint met for the first time this year, a game that has been heavily anticipated since the start of the season. Bear Creek and Crosspoint played each other five times in the 2011-2012 soccer season, including one district final and the state semifinal, which Bear Creek won, 2-1, on its way to the state title.
However, it was the semifinal meeting that looked all too familiar in Tuesday’s match. Last year, Crosspoint scored early and led for most of the game, in which Bear Creek scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to win the match.
So in the first meeting of the new season, Bear Creek found itself again down with 10 minutes to play, but this time it was not by one but two goals.
“We are a young team, and today was a good test of our character,” said head coach Brandon Gonzalez.
With just under 10 minutes to play, Bear Creek’s Brittany DiGenova found the back of the net off a corner by Caroline Bridgwater. Four minutes later, the Grizzlies again scored off a through ball by Bridgwater who fed freshman Hannah Bienkowski to equal the game at 2-2.
“Caroline played a heck of a game. She has been struggling with her hip flexor lately, and to come out, play the way she did and get two assists, I couldn’t ask for more,” Gonzalez said.
The final go-ahead goal came with just minutes left to play when a hard, individual effort by freshman Sara Hasting was rewarded with a one-on-one breakaway that she slotted home past the Crosspoint keeper.
The win keeps Bear Creek undefeated in the young Sea-Tac 2B season at 3-0 and 6-3 overall.
“Good teams find a way to win, and we did just that,” said Gonzalez.