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Girls soccer: Pembroke edges Bow in battle of unbeatens

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  • Pembroke players begin to react as the game-winning goal drops into the net for a 3-2 victory on Friday evening, October 15, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pembroke Academy gather to congratulate Britney Hill (left) at the end of the game against Bow on Friday evening, October 15, 2021. Hill scored near the end for the 3-2 victory. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pembroke Academy’s Britney Hill kicks the ball in front of Bow’™s Lyndsey LaPerle on Friday. Hill scored near the end of the game for the 3-2 victory.

  • Pembroke Academy teammates wrap their arms around Britney Hill at the end of the game against Bow on Friday evening, October 15, 2021. Hill scored near the end for the 3-2 victory. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pembroke Adrienne Dorr begins the celebration of their first goal against Bow on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Juliette Tarsa breaks though a double team and gets ready to kick her first of two goals against Pembroke as Grace Simmons (right) tries to catch up on Friday, October 15, 2021. Pembroke went on to win, 3-2. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pembroke’s Addrienne Dorr accidently hits Bow’s Lexi Insana during the first half on Friday afternoon, October 15, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/16/2021 11:00:39 AM

PEMBROKE – Players and coaches at Bow and Pembroke have had this match circled on the calendar.

It’s normal to have tunnel vision and to focus on yourself, especially in the gauntlet of one’s schedule. But, it’s equally important to lift your head up every now and then to look at the landscape.

Neither team had come close to losing a game, posting and boasting undefeated records heading into their collision-course on Friday.

There were lead changes, disagreeable calls and great chances. There were impressive saves, questionable stoppages and timely corner kicks.

Biggest of all, there was an undefeated streak snapped and one extended as the Spartans beat the Falcons 3-2 at Pembroke Academy.

In a back-and-forth match, in what wound up as the biggest moment, Pembroke’s Britney Hill delivered.

The Spartans’ senior captain was tasked with a free kick as the prospect of overtime looked clearer than a regulation finish. Hill, however, had no aspirations of taking the game into overtime. With her right foot, she sent the ball on a rainbow shot over top of Bow’s defensive wall and when the ball sailed into the upper right hand corner smacking against the back of the net all she could do was stick her arms out to the side.

Hill’s goal in the 79th minute was the only lead the Spartans ever held and it was the only lead they needed to get past the Falcons. The celebration almost derailed the game as Pembroke players hesitated to stay on the sideline. Parents and students that filled the small set of bleachers and those who clung onto the chain-fence couldn’t contain their cheers.

And after roughly 30 seconds passed by, the field was rushed by all the girls on the Spartans’ bench and any type of celebration took place.

“I think it was a really well-matched game today, which we were predicting,” Pembroke coach Jessica Kaufman-Desrochers said. “To play an incredibly talented and well-coached team like Bow as well as we did, it speaks to the character of our girls.”

Character was something that was tested throughout Friday’s match for both teams as they were looking for penalty calls throughout the game. The match was scoreless for over 20 minutes until Juliette Tarsa, a sophomore Bow forward, split a double team of Pembroke defenders and snuck the ball in the net.

It only took three minutes for the Spartans to respond after fellow senior captain Adrienne Dorr scored after what seemed like every player on the pitch kicked the ball in a short-time frame.

With each goal scored, the benches of both teams and their respective fan bases began to cheer louder and those cheers amplified the intensity on the field.

Those emotions reached a breaking point when Tarsa scored her second of the match on a deflection from a free kick that was sent in by senior defender Kelly Harris.

“She gives us 100 percent when she gets in there,” Bow coach Jay Vogt said of Tarsa. “She’s fast, she’s tenacious, when she gets in there she just goes. She shows what happens when you want it more than them.”

Unfortunately for the Falcons, Tarsa’s goal scored in the 29th minute was their last of the afternoon. And despite having good chances throughout the second half, highlighted by an excellent move from junior forward Lyndsey LePerle where she faked out her defender and crossed the ball right to left but just missed.

Once again, Bow’s lead didn’t last long as the Spartans’ third senior captain – and twin sister of Britney – Cierra Hill scored in the 38th minute after a shot that went high and left.

In a rather offensive-centered half to open the game, the closing 39 minutes were a defensive struggle. Neither team could manage to find chances that allowed them to carry over the scoring success they had previously.

That is, until the Hill and the Spartans nailed the horn-beating goal.

Pembroke (14-0) and Bow (12-1) are now tasked with the daunting task of closing out the regular season and then it’s all energy to the playoffs.

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Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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