Glenbrook South dominates second half in win over Glenbrook North

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Glenbrook South 5, Glenbrook North 0

THE SKINNY

The Titans girls soccer team turned a close match into a rout in the second half. Leading 1-0 at the break, Glenbrook South scored three goals in less than four minutes after halftime en route to the victory Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

TURNING POINT

Junior forward Kaily Bruch scored the first goal during that stretch with 26:56 remaining in the match. Bruch took advantage of a defensive blunder to score her goal. She intercepted a Glenbrook North defender’s pass in the penalty area, took her time after making the steal and then calmly slotted her shot home to give Glenbrook South a 2-0 lead. Junior midfielder Tami Erlich and sophomore Olivia Peters then constructed a picturesque counter attack, one that ended with Erlich scoring with 24:12 remaining in the half. Senior midfielder Taylor Fuderer’s right-footed strike with 23:29 left gave the Titans a 4-0 lead.

THE STAR

Peters’ perfectly-placed shot from about 15 yards away put Glenbrook South up 1-0 with 16:27 remaining in the first half, and she was dangerous throughout the match. The speedy center forward was able to both dribble and run past defenders. She assisted on the goals scored by Erlich and Fuderer.

BY THE NUMBERS

Glenbrook North doesn’t have any seniors on its roster. It started four juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. Freshman forward Lily Sands scored the match’s final goal for the Titans, who were playing at the Chicago Fire’s home stadium.

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“We knew they were going to play a little bit more defensive at the beginning. As we put each goal in, that kind of takes them out of their system and they’re going to have to play us a little more truer – in terms of, for them, to equalize or tie a game, they’re going to have to open up their game. We knew if we can get them out of that defensive shell and open up that game … offensively, we can really counter attack and put some [goals] in the back of the net.” — Glenbrook South coach Seong Ha on the difference in the second half

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