Lady Lynx silence Brookings in 4-0 conference win

Staff report
Wilma Kirkeby/For the Journal 
Lady Lynx senior Kylie Birath helps to defend Brandon Valley’s goal Friday night against ESD foe, Aberdeen Central. 
When it rains, it pours.
And that was the case Friday for the Lady Lynx, who were drenched by drizzle as well as No. 1 and undefeated Aberdeen Central.
The Golden Eagles tested Brandon Valley on their home turf, where they delivered the Lynx their second loss of the season, a 3-1 setback.
“We knew it would be a good test for us,” BV head coach Jacob Shoup said. “It was a very wet and rainy day, which made conditions tough to play in, but we came out from the beginning and were ready for the test.”
BV’s determination was evident, as the Lady Lynx planted the ball in AC’s goal within the first five minutes of the game. What would be BV’s only goal, came off of a corner kick from Chloe Lippert to Julia Kreutner, who fed the goal off of a powerful header to claim the early 1-0 lead.
Shoup said his team out-played the Golden Eagles in the first half and managed a good majority of the possession to create several quality scoring opportunities.
On their way to taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, the Lynx failed to shut the door on AC’s attack to finish the half. On a drop kick from the Aberdeen goalie, BV deflected a header sneak through, which gave a through ball to a very speedy AC forward who dribbled past two Lynx defenders to score.
“So, instead of us being up 1-0, they stole the momentum at half and we went into the break tied 1-1,” Shoup said.  “We felt we came out with good energy to start the second half, but over the course of the next 40 minutes, AC’s speed and urgency just kind of wore us down.”
The Lynx were also hampered with injuries that were sustained during the game.
“It just looked like our girls were tired and hurting at some points in the game,” Shoup said.
In the second half, an aggressive Golden Eagles team dropped two more goals in the Lynx net. 
“Overall, they just outplayed us over the course of the 80 minutes. We had good stretches, particularly in the first half, but we didn’t do enough over the whole game,” the BV coach said.
BV 4, Brookings 0
The Lady Lynx kept their perfect Eastern South Dakota Conference record in check Sept. 8 by delivering a 4-0 setback to the Brookings Bobcats. 
BV’s initial goal came late in the 34th minute of the opening half off the foot of Gemma Symington on an assist by Chloe Lippert.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Julia Kreutner popped the ball into the Brookings goal on an assist by Kennedy Neubel. Kreutner also had a role in BV’s final two goals of the ESD Conference victory. The first was an assist to Payton Smedsrud with 7:53 to play in the second, and the last goal – an unassisted effort – came with 4:06 on the clock.
The road to victory doesn’t get any easier for the 5-2-1 Lady Lynx this week. On Tuesday, BV hosted undefeated and No. 3-ranked Harrisburg and the always-tough Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots pay a visit to the BVHS Stadium at 5 p.m. Thursday.


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