BRUNSWICK — Mariah Kimble, Emily Kazimore, Kristen Zima and Lauren Mayell, take a bow. The same goes for you, Allie Mysliwiec.
Facing a Westlake girls soccer team that had exploded with goals as of late, Brunswick promptly shut out the Demons 2-0 in a non-conference game between heavyweights.
Westlake (12-3) came in averaging 3.2 goals per game and had peppered opponents for 24 scores in the last six games.
“They were a very good team, so this one meant a lot to us,” Mayell said. “We lost 1-0 to them last year, so we knew it was going to be a hard game. We came back and we fought hard. It really lifts our confidence to know we did that against a team we couldn’t do it against last year.”
The Blue Devils (12-2-1) didn’t just shut out the Demons, who are the Elyria Division I District’s top seed, they shut them down. Westlake managed only three shots on goal and was held off frame in the first half.
Brunswick’s defense even took one off the line when Alise Emser headed a corner kick toward frame. With Mysliwiec blocked out, it headed toward the right corner, but Caylee Jozefov cleaned it up to give Brunswick its sixth straight shutout and ninth clean slate.
“They’re very, very good,” Westlake coach Scott Jones said. “We were mixing lines, but they did a great job. They played very good possession. They were able to hold the ball very well.”
Heather Craska scored the game-winner with 32:53 remaining, taking a perfect through ball from Maddy Grabowski and beating Katarina Jamsek, who had eight shutouts coming in, to the near post.
“That really set the tone,” Craska said. “It really got our spirits up and our heads back in the game. We’re always so stressed about that first goal, so when we finally get it, we can cool down and refocus.”
Ariella Pitty made sure Brunswick stayed up, scoring a goal like only the sophomore can. Taking a pass near the top of the box, the forward juked through a couple of defenders to greet Jamsek. Pitty dribbled right, whirled and put a picture-perfect strike in the left corner.
“We’ve been looking forward to this all season, especially after losing to them last season,” Craska said. “We needed to come out hard and focused and get a good result.”
The Brunswick redemption tour rolls on as the Blue Devils move to a Wednesday home game against undefeated Medina that could be for a Greater Cleveland Conference title. The Bees haven’t lost in the regular season since Sept. 20, 2014 — to Brunswick.
“Having this win gives us a lot of confidence, obviously,” Mayell said. “Medina is a very good team. We lost to them last time, so we’re going to try to go out and beat them. We have to stay focused and not let this game get to our heads. We have to come out strong like we usually do and play our game to hopefully get the result we want.”
The Brunswick junior varsity fell 2-1. Maddy Ramicone scored for the Blue Devils, who outshot the Demons 28-5.
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Brunswick 2, Westlake 0
WESTLAKE 0 0 — 0
BRUNSWICK 0 2 — 0
B — Heather Craska (Maddy Grabowski), 32:53.
B — Ariella Pitty, 8:37.
Shotsongoal — Westlake 3, Brunswick 10. Cornerkicks — Westlake 2, Brunswick 6. Saves — Katarina (W) 7, Allie Mysliwiec (B) 2. Records — Westlake (12-3), Brunswick (12-2-1). Juniorvarsity — Westlake 2, Brunswick 1.