• Bulldogs loss in regionals ends Slavens run as girls soccer coach

    October 11, 2012 No comments

    Brownsburg’s girls soccer players knew head coach Phil Slavens would retire at the end of his 15th year as the school’s coach.

    They tried their best to delay the inevitable. Brownsburg led No. 12 Brebeuf Jesuit late before the Braves rallied to win the Class 2A regional matchup 4-3 Wednesday night in Zionsville.

    Brebeuf advanced to play Zionsville, a 4-0 winner over Cathedral, Saturday in a regional final.

    Brownsburg started the season with a 1-9 record, but had gone 5-0-4 since. Slavens said he was proud of the way the team bounced back and wished the ride would have lasted a bit longer.

    Brownsburg took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Tori Edwards before Brebeuf took control. Melissa Snider scored her second goal with just under 11 minutes remaining, and Tayler Fitts scored the game-winner on a header off of a corner kick about 3 minutes later.

    Fitts tore the meniscus in her right knee about a month ago, had surgery and played for the first time since the injury, subbing in just minutes before assisting on the goal that tied the score.

    Goalie Annie Clark made the lead stand with four saves in the final 3 minutes.

    Slavens said his whole career was a high note saying, “I’ve been so lucky and so blessed to have such good teams over the years.”

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