WELLSBURG — Oak Glen’s speed and skill up top was on full display against Brooke.
Kami Ward collected five goals and three assists to lead the way as the Golden Bears defeated the Bruins, 8-2, on Paul “Bud” Billiard Field inside Brooke Memorial Stadium.
“Our speed helps, especially on a turf field,” first-year Oak Glen (3-0-2) head coach Bill Watts said. “Saturday against Beaver Local, we had a hard time creating any offense. We changed some people around. We had four people in different positions. This was the first time they played in the new positions.
“We got off to a slow start, and then everything started to click. The number of shots we had was impressive.
“Our focus this season has been on our defense. We have not scored as much as we have in the past. We opened things up today, and we scored a lot of goals.”
Carson Barr recorded a hat trick for Oak Glen.
“They have a lot of speed,” Brooke (1-4) head coach Jack Minger said. “We played with them for the first 15 minutes, but once they scored a couple of goals we gave up. We just gave up.”
Mikalya Childers and Ava Estrada each tallied a goal for the Bruins.
“We had a couple of nice shots,” Minger said. “We had some nice through balls and some nice passes. Like I said, in the first 15 minutes, we moved the ball very well. In the first 15 minutes, they were scared of us.
“What hurt us was their speed up top. We tried to stop them. We stabbed at the ball, they got around us and we were not able to catch up.”
The girls from Hancock County scored three goals in the first half and five in the second.
“They are young,” Watts said about the Green-and-Gold. “They are a talented team.”
Brooke scored a goal in each half.
“The late goal in the first half really tipped the scale, and things snowballed from there,” Watts said. “We scored that late goal, and that really helped us and really hurt them.”
Aaliyah Siegel tallied two assists for the Golden Bears, while Riley Bruce, Alexus Greenlief and Gabrielle Pasco each produced one.
Greenlief finished the game with eight saves in goal.
The Bruins used two goalies – Franki Neff and Hailey Buterbaugh. Neff played the first half, and Buterbuagh played the second. The two combined for 10 saves.
Brooke is scheduled to play rival Wheeling Park at 5:30 p.m. today on the road.
Oak Glen is slated to play Magnolia at 6 p.m. Thursday at home.