Siegel's soccer season came to an end Wednesday afternoon in the TSSAA state quarterfinal round after being shut out 3-0 by undefeated Brentwood.
The Bruins (16-0) scored all three goals in the second half, two by Maison Wells, and the other by Hayley Howard. And the Bruins, led by senior goalkeeper Kate Devine, continued their season-long defensive excellence. The Bruins have allowed three goals all season long.
“We have some great players all over the field,” Brentwood coach Kersta Mello said. “And our defense is no exception to that. We’ve got Kate Boring, Kate Devine in the back and Meghan Lee there in the middle that kind of make up the spine of our team. They do wonderful back there.”
After playing to a scoreless draw in the first half, Brentwood’s Wells got the Bruins on the board two minutes into the half with a one-timer off her right foot set up by teammate Olivia Armstead.
Siegel had a chance to get the game’s first goal. About a minute and a half into the second half, senior forward Emily Sanchez broke free from the Bruin backline and had Devine one-on-one. Sanchez’s shot, however, missed wide right and Brentwood’s Wells scored her first goal about two minute later.
“Maison played the second half with a lot of grit, a lot of determination and hunger,” Mello said. “You could see that in her goal opportunities that she created for herself and that her teammates helped create for her.”
Brentwood’s lead grew to 2-0 when Hayley Howard drilled a free kick from 20 yards away into the upper left corner. The goal was described as a “laser” by Siegel coach Michael McGoffin.
“Their second goal, I don’t know if there was any keeper on the entire planet that could have saved that goal,” McGoffin said.
Brentwood scored one more goal from Wells, this time with roughly 15 minutes to play, and that pushed the Bruins into the state semifinals. The loss ends the Stars season. Siegel finished 14-6-3 and District 7-3A champions.
“As a four-year coach, seeing Sanchez and Mia (Roberts) play, I told them there’s plenty Messis of the world and Ronaldos of the world, but I don’t think there’s any player in the world that I would rather watch play than those two girls," McGoffin said.