WELLSBURG - The Edison High girls soccer team set a new goal for itself on Wednesday.
Watching Brooke rack up goals was disappointing, of course, but also inspiring.
"They want to strive to be that," said Wildcats coach Jeremy Angelo. "When you get scored on and scored on it's easy to get mad. It's understandable.
BRUINS STRENGTH — Brooke’s Jena Simon defends Edison’s Bethanie Bube during their soccer match on Wednesday. Hannah Miller (13) of Edison looks on. The Bruins won, 8-1, as freshman Leila Hannoui scored four goals.
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"The good thing is, as mad as they get, putting them in and keep playing is what we got to do and that's what they did. You get knocked down and if you don't get back up, you're not going to get anywhere."
Brooke won, 8-1, in its first game after notching the OVAC Cup championship on Saturday.
There was no lull or misstep for the Bruins, even though their first goal didn't come until the 26-minute mark of the first half.
"That was their hangover," Angelo said.
Leila Hannoui put the Bruins on the board first and she scored three more goals. The freshman also attempted five shots and had two assists.
"It's a lot to take in," Hannoui said of Brooke's successful 12-3-1 season to date. "My eyes have been opened a lot. I couldn't do it without the help of my teammates and the support of the upperclassmen and coaches."
Her first goal was the spark to break out of the dull period of the early first half.
"Once that happened," Brooke coach Lee Weppler said of Hannoui's goal, "we were able to get some good opportunities and good looks and started capitalizing to just finish out strong."
Michaela Hinnerman scored twice for the Bruins with Cheyenne Hudson and Amanda Lovahrie each adding a goal. Shelby Cronin, Kaitlin Govey and Lauren Altobel picked up assists.
"As the season progressed we've gotten better each game," Weppler said.
"This is all preparing us for the state tournament."
Brooke attempted 15 shots, compared to two by Edison.
"We knew how good they were," Angelo said. "Pretty much all the teams up this end, they've done that to. We can live with it; we scored."
Kylie Long put one in the net for the Wildcats (7-4-1).
"That was our worst loss of the year," Angelo said.
"But everybody's worse loss is to Brooke."