Brooke girls win first game, defeat Weir

HEAD STRONG — Brooke’s Megan Gilchrist bounces the ball off her head against Weir on Tuesday. -Andrew Grimm

WELLSBURG — Elias Hannaoui has been telling his girls that their hard work would pay off if they kept at it.

That pay-off came Tuesday night at the Brooke soccer field, as his Bruins got their first win of the season, 1-0, over rival Weir High.

“They deserve (Tuesday’s) win,” Hannoaoui said. “They have been working really hard. We were due for a win. This is a great motivation for them. One thing I’ve wanted them to understand is the hard work would pay off. The thing about Weir High is the girls all know each other. We knew it would be a tough game.

“I’m really proud of them. They showed up and came up with the win. I cannot ask for better effort. They earned it.”

Brooke (1-6) controlled possession throughout, something the Bruins have been working on in practice.

“We worked hard on it this week,” Hannaoui said. “We told the girls they have to work it more to feet and possess the ball. They have been working hard and trying.”

Brooke fired more than twice as many shots (10) than the Red Riders (four) in the first half, but, thanks to five first half saves from Weir (3-3-1) keeper Alexis Adams (nine saves), did not score until the final minute of the half when Brooke Ohler got behind the Weir High defense and scored with 49 seconds left before the break.

“We tried and tried (to score),” Hannaoui said. “The goal can come at any time. We were happy it came first half and we defended (the lead).”

That proved to be all the Bruins needed.

“Brooke came to play,” Weir High head coach Jeremy Angelo said. “Their coaches had them ready and they did a good job. They earned it. We played at times and we didn’t play at times.

“It was another 50-to-60 yard goal. They got the ball, one girl dribbles and scores. That is not the first time this year. At least we only gave up one of them, in previous games it’s been two, three four. We give up bad goals, and in a tight, rivalry game like this one, you can’t do that.”

Weir High struggled to get anything going offensively until a couple of late chances.

“When you don’t pass to each other, when you kick every ball to green, that is what happens,” Angelo said. “That is what we did. Instead of passing to us, playing to us, we played to them every time. The ball comes, and we panicked. Stuff we worked on in practice, stuff we worked on in other games, (Tuesday) we just didn’t have it.”

Brooke keeper Hannah Buterbaugh, a freshman, finished with six saves, three in each half. None were bigger than her last two, denying a quality chance with 16:25 to play and stopping a long, desperation shot at the horn to seal the win.

“She was really steady back there,” Hannaoui said. “She is really confident. I’m proud of her, she did awesome. She did not allow anything, no mistakes on her part. She kept the net clean.”


Weir High: Hosts Indian Creek on Thursday.

Brooke: Travels to St. Clairsville today.


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