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Brookwood girls fall to Harrison in PKs

ACWORTH -- For 90 minutes, No. 9 Brookwood went toe-to-toe with No. 1 Harrison, playing to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.

In the end, penalty kicks doomed the Broncos as they fell 4-2 to end the season at 16-5.

"I told the girls they have nothing to hang their heads about," Brookwood head coach Jeffrey Becker said. "We had the toughest road to this game and I'm proud of all these girls accomplished."

Briel Power went bottom left for a goal to open up PKs for Brookwood, while Harrison's Monica Herrera answered.

Jenny Allen missed as Harrison goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty got in front of the ball. Savannah Vanderbeck went bottom left to put Harrison ahead and Daugherty made a diving save on Brookwood's Michelle Allen to give the Hoyas all the momentum.

Harrison added a goal to go up 3-1, while Sanon Williams gave Brookwood its second goal. However, the Hoyas ended it when Treva Aycock netted a goal to send them onto the state finals where they will play Parkview.

"One team had to walk away a winner and unfortunately it was them," Becker said. "We scraped and clawed our way through and played with a great team."

Brookwood kept up the pressure early in the game after Jenny Allen stole the opening kickoff. Allen's shot 30 seconds into the game was saved by goalkeeper Allison Leone. Kim Fincher had a header go off the post two minutes later.

Throughout the rest of the half, things evened out as Harrison got its own shots, but couldn't come up with a goal, either.

As the first half wound down, Brookwood had other chances, shooting wide of the goal on three separate occasions.

The Harrison offense amped up the pressure in the second half, finding itself in the offensive zone a lot.

However, each time they took a shot, goalie Kristen Rivers was there to turn the Hoyas away.

"Missouri is getting a good goalkeeper in Kristen," Becker said. "She's been a rock in between the posts for us. She kept us in the game."

As the game went into overtime, Harrison had its best chance, but like Brookwood's did early in the game, the shot went off the post to keep the score at 0-0 and send the game into penalty kicks.

Becker said the seniors on the team leave him speechless.

"They helped gel this team together and showed an outstanding work ethic," he said. "You can't ask for much more out of a group."