Class 2A No. 4 Brebeuf Jesuit fell behind early to No. 10 Cathedral in the regional opener Wednesday afternoon. Instead of folding, the Braves got tougher. They scored three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat the Fighting Irish 3-1 and advance to the regional final Saturday morning.
“We knew we had to not let them have any chances,” Brebeuf coach Angela Berry-White said. “Unfortunately, we gave them a chance in the first half, but it only made us work harder. In the second half, we changed our mindset knowing we don’t want to go out like this.”
Cathedral junior Audrey Kleiman scored 5 minutes in. But the Irish struggled to find scoring opportunities the rest of the way. They managed a pair of shots on goal in the second half.
Cathedral allowed only four first-half shots.
“Our style of play is a possession game,” Berry-White said. “We got out of our mindset in that first half. We hammered it into them and said they needed to get back to our bread and butter. You saw the results of that.”
The Braves broke through with 27 minutes to play as Ryanne Brown scored on a header. Senior Shaili Kumar said the goal revitalized the team.
“That first goal got us super hyped and it was a whole new world,” she said. “Everyone turned positive and was ready to go.”
Alia Martin gave the Braves a 2-1 lead with 3 minutes to play on a rocket from the right side.
“Our spacing was perfect in the offensive third,” Berry-White said. “She had time and space, she looked up and took the shot.”
Kumar scored her team-leading 27th goal 2 minutes later.
“As coaches, we just say, ‘Go out and execute,’” Berry-White said. “It takes a lot of heart to come back from a 1-0 deficit. The way they did is a tribute to the way they always love to play hard.
Kumar knows what is at stake Saturday morning.
“We have to remind ourselves this could be our last game,” she said. “None of us want that to happen.”
Brebeuf will play Zionsville, which beat Avon on penalty kicks.
Fishers scored five first-half goals and will advance with a 7-0 win over Yorktown. Six players from Fishers scored, including Emily Buchman, who had two goals in the first half. Fishers will play Marion at 1 p.m. Saturday.
With a 3-2 win over Roncalli, Mt. Vernon will play for its first regional championship since 1996. The Marauders will host Center Grove at 5 p.m. Saturday. Center Grove beat Franklin Central 3-1. Sophie Chiado scored the first goal of the second half to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead and Kelli Hippenmeyer scored her second goal of the game with 3 minutes left.