Complete effort sends Eagles past Lassiter 4-0

MARIETTA -- After an initial adjustment period, Collins Hill pretty much put everything together in its Class AAAAA girls state quarterfinal game against Lassiter.

A run of three goals in the final 15:18 of the first half complemented timely defense as the No. 6 state-ranked Eagles rolled to a 4-0 win over No. 4 Lassiter on Saturday night at Frank Fillmann Stadium.

Margaret Bruemmer had a goal and an assist as Collins Hill (13-8) rumbled into Wednesday's semifinals, where it will take on top-ranked Milton on the road.

And they did it against a Lassiter (13-6-1) team that challenged them from the opening kickoff.

"We knew we were going to play soccer," Eagles coach Jeff Tinklepaugh said. "The last couple of games, we've played against some teams that have been bunkering (in) on us. It's fun to play soccer."

After a relatively defensive first 12 to 15 minutes, the two teams began to exchange scoring opportunities.

But both goalkeepers came up big, with Lassiter's Shannon DeSantis smothering Loren Mitchell's header in the 14th minute, and Collins Hill's Halla Jibreen stuffing Kaitlyn Sterling after the Trojans' sophomore had broken in alone to point-blank range on left wing.

"(Jibreen) made a huge save," Tinklepaugh said. "Then we get the next (scoring chance) and we're right in the driver's seat."

That chance came not long past the midpoint of the half, Mitchell and Mariah Dickey got Collins Hill's offense rolling.

Mitchell took possession just on her own side of midfield and dribbled about 15 yards before sending a well-placed through ball up the middle that caught Dickey in stride as she beat her defender about 30 yards out of goal.

The senior striker then dribbled into about the 23-yard mark and drew DeSantis off her line before sending a low shot inside the back post to put the Eagles up 1-0 with 15:18 left in the half.

But Collins Hill wasn't through as Taylor Donohue, who had been foiled by a leaping DeSantis minutes earlier on a 40-yard blast, got another chance from a little closer in.

This time, the junior midfielder placed a laser from about 35 yards out just under the crossbar inside the upper right 90, pushing the Eagles' lead to 2-0 with 9:08 left in the half.

Just under six minutes later at the 3:09 mark, Paige Hoover converted Bruemmer's right-wing corner kick to send the Eagles into intermission with a 3-0 lead.

"That gave us a ton of momentum," Bruemmer said of the goal just before the half. "We came out hard in the second half, and we didn't have as many chances on goal, but we worked our hardest and we had heart. That's all we needed."

That heart came in handy with a big defensive play early in the second half when Lassiter threatened to get back in the game.

Marin Abousaud slipped a through ball down the middle that Natalie Bishop got a piece of to deflect it off a charging Jibreen and sent it trickling toward the unoccupied Collins Hill net.

But Lindsey Lawrence came in from her defensive position and booted away the Trojans' best scoring opportunity of the second half.

Bruemmer then added the finishing touch when she scored off a free kick on the left wing with 2:32 left to seal the win for the Eagles.