No. 2 Lynx shutout Bobcats

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings’ Rachel Gannon sends a cross during the second half of the Bobcats’ 3-0 Eastern South Dakota Conference loss to Brandon Valley on Monday evening at Fishback Soccer Park.

BROOKINGS – Brandon Valley’s Bre Langenhorst scored three goals in a 4-minute span late in the game, lifting the No. 2 Lynx to a 3-0 win over the Bobcats during Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ soccer action Monday evening at Fishback.

The senior opened the scoring on an assist from Calista Kocmick with 18:05 remaining. Kocmick also set up her next score at the 16:57 mark.

Langenhorst completed the natural hat trick on a free kick with 14:12 showing on the clock.

“I think we played a heck of a game,” said BHS coach Adam Juba. “Sixty minutes seems to be that mark that we have to get over; that hump there. We’ve been holding teams to 0-0 or 1-0 until that mark and then at that point we lose it just a little bit and then we find some life again and finish out the game.

“If we can get through that piece of the game, I think we’ll be fine. We have a solid team defensively – we force teams to earn their goals and we don’t give up many scrappy ones. You know, I was just excited and proud that we held the No. 2 team in the state to zero goals for 60 minutes.

“It’s a little disappointing to lose on Senior Night, but they played a great game despite what the score says.”

Brandon Valley starting goalkeeper Abby Bastian and backup Paige Hoeke both made three saves to post the shutout.

Bastian was injured with 10:30 to play in the first half. The Lynx committed a foul in the box on the same play to set up a Bobcat penalty kick.

However, Hoeke entered and stopped Brooke Bullington’s try to keep the score at 0-0.

The visitors outshot Brookings 13-9, including 9-6 on goal. Emily Rystrom, a senior, and Maddix Archer both put a pair of shots on goal and Abby Ayres had the other.

Bobcat senior Grace Mork made six saves.

The Lynx improved to 6-1 (3-1). Their lone loss was a 1-0 setback at first-place Yankton (7-0, 4-0) on Tuesday.

The Bobcats (2-4, 2-2) continue their homestand facing Sioux Falls Washington on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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