Notre Dame edges Central in double overtime

Thursday, April 10, 2008
AARON EISENHAUER ~ Notre Dame's Kelsey Westrich and Jordan Radetic and Central's Sarah Uptmor chased after the ball during the second half Wednesday.

Notre Dame junior Emily Brumitt sat warming the bench during the entire first 10-minute overtime period that her team played Wednesday against Central.

After no one scored and the game headed into a second overtime, Brumitt finally got the call to take the field and made the most of her opportunity.

The junior scored her first-ever varsity goal two minutes into the second overtime session to help the Bulldogs to a 1-0 win over their in-town rival.

Notre Dame goalkeeper Shelley Frank also had a strong performance, posting the shutout while stopping 10 Central shots.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 while Central dropped to 3-5.

Brumitt said she was inserted into the game to replace starter Taylor Sanders, who took a few minutes to stretch and take a breather on the sideline.

"[The goal feels] pretty good, especially since it was against Central," Brumitt said, adding that she enjoyed the warm greeting she received from her teammates.

AARON EISENHAUER ~ Central's Heather Deisher tried to keep the ball from Notre Dame's Paige Schumer during Wednesday's game.

"I was sitting on the bench the whole first overtime and they [my teammates] were like you're representing the bench warmers. So that was really funny. They were just cheering me on."

The goal was assisted by freshman forward Anna Wren, who crossed it to Brumitt, who was standing near the left goal post, and hit it past Tigers goalie Meg Goodman.

Goodman was in net after starting goalie Jackie Twidwell left the game late in the second half after injuring her finger.

"Anna just dribbled around a player and crossed it, and I was basically at the right spot at the right time," Brumitt said.

Notre Dame's Anne Wren chased down the ball during the second half.

Brumitt has been a reserve player this year after spending her freshman and sophomore years on the junior varsity. She has been versatile, playing defense and midfield.

"She's not a starter, but when she gets out on to the field, she gives 110 percent," Frank said of Brumitt. "She'll mark a man when she's on defense and she'll run up and down the line. .. The cross was right there. She came in and was able to finish it for us."

Notre Dame coach Jeff Worley added about Brumitt: "We use her in the back in different situations and also on the outside midfield. Emily is very good about where she needs to be on the field, and she's very opportunistic as you can see on that [goal].

"At the JV level, she played as a forward a lot. So she has a good feel for where she needs to move and [she[']s good at] getting inside of a defender. You can see that on that play. She got inside of her defender and was able to finish that one off."

Worley said that the strong wind probably helped make it difficult for both teams to score. Yet both teams had some opportunities.

While the Tigers had 10 shots, the Bulldogs took 14, including one that struck the cross bar late in the second half.

"Central played really hard," Worley said. "They were ready to go tonight and they played extremely hard against us. That made things difficult."

Central coach Tom Doyle told his players that he was pleased with their effort.

"Good rivalry between us and Notre Dame and both teams had good scoring opportunities," Doyle said. "The one they bounced off the post should have, could have been a goal, but it wasn't and that's why we went into overtime. ... The effort was here tonight, but again that's normal when you play your crosstown rival,"

Brumitt, who also plays on the Notre Dame basketball team, was happy to beat her rival.

"It's good to beat another school in the same town you live in," Brumitt said.

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