LOGANVILLE — For the first time in five years, the Grayson girls’ soccer team beat Brookwood.
The 1-0 win was a product of good defense by the Rams, especially throughout the second half when the Broncos possessed the ball more than 60 percent of the time.
“Our defense is solid,” said Grayson head coach Terry Klinect. “Other than our game against Chamblee (a 3-0 loss), we’ve shut out every team we’ve played. I think we have one of the best defenses in the state.”
Brookwood (4-5) made runs of its own including a shot by Kim Fincher in the 12th minute on a breakaway that was saved by Cadye Picklesimer. Seven minutes later, Picklesimer made a diving save in the box against Fincher again, keeping the game scoreless.
The Rams (7-2-1) forced the issue through much of the first half, making run-after-run in the offensive zone.
Alexa Webb had a shot sail just over the cross-bar in the 14th minute, while Jeanne Brock had an open shot in the box, but missed right.
Finally, in the 37th minute, Brittney Bennett settled the ball in the offensive zone and blasted it into the upper left corner of the goal to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
“Our girls executed and put pressure on Brookwood all game,” Klinect said. “I knew if we just played our game, we would come out on top.”
Once the second half rolled around, the roles reversed with the Broncos taking control of the ball, but the Grayson defense held firm.
After a collision in the box sent Picklesimer to the bench, backup goalie Tori Denton came in and was strong for the 10 minutes she was in.
Making two saves, including a diving one off a Brookwood player’s foot, Denton came up big when her teammates needed her the most.
“Tori doesn’t get a lot of playing time,” Klinect said. “But, she came in with virtually no warm-up and did a super job. It just goes to show you that you always have to be ready to go into the game. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Picklesimer came back into the game in the 58th minute, but it was the defense that kept Brookwood from getting a good shot on goal, forcing the Broncos into panic mode as time ran out, but to no avail.
“It’s our first region match, so it’s a good win,” Klinect said.