In its first game of the season, the Brained Warriors girls' soccer team gave up only one goal, a feat most teams would be more than happy with.
But not these Warriors. That one goal was a disappointment. So what did they do about it? They pitch shutouts in their next four games, including a 4-0 blanking of the Fergus Falls Otters Saturday at Southdale Fields in Baxter.
"Our defense is unbelievable," Warriors coach Steve Kimble said. "They've stepped it up since that first game. We're playing team defense. We're attacking and defending as a complete unit."
Caitlyn Barnaby and Aani Rangen led the charge for Brainerd (5-0) as each tallied a goal and an assist apiece. Jenny Beilke and Sarah Eiesland also added goals while Sarah Gervais and Joyce Hendricks each picked up assists.
Warriors goalie Melissa Hanson stopped four Fergus Falls shots to help preserve the shutout.
Fergus Falls 0 0 -- 0
Brainerd 2 2 -- 4
First half -- B-Jenny Beilke (Aani Rangen) 25:00; B-Caitlyn Barnaby 33:00
Second half -- B-Rangen (Joyce Hendricks) 46:00, B-Sarah Eiesland (Sarah Gervais, Barnaby) 54:00
Shots on goal -- B 4-11 -- 15; FF 1-3 -- 4.
Goaltenders -- B-Melissa Hanson (4 saves); FF-(11 saves)
Overall -- B 5-0. Next game -- Brd. hosts St. Cloud Apollo 5 p.m. Monday.
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