BURLINGTON – The Burlington Central girls soccer team conceded two goals in the opening four minutes of its 3A Burlington Central Regional semifinal match and everything was going Sycamore’s way.
That was until the Rockets turned everything around by scoring four straight goals over a 25-minute period in the first half and held onto a 4-3 win. Senior Cali Andrew scored two goals for the Rockets.
“After the first two, we knew that we had to come out with intensity. We had to push harder,” Andrew said. “We came back from worse before so we knew we just had to win this one.”
Central advanced to face DeKalb for the regional title at 6 p.m. Friday.
With BC trailing, 2-0, Andrew cut the Spartans' lead in half with a breakaway goal in the seventh minute. Fourteen minutes later, Darlene Valdez’s shot bounced off a Sycamore defender and into back of the net to tie the match.
The Rockets took the lead six minutes later when Burlington Central had a corner kick. The ball was punched clear and fell to Alyssa Messina at the top of the penalty box. Messina shot the ball toward the goal and Ashley Ahrens redirected it into the goal.
“All of the credit goes to the girls. They are the ones that play the game. Obviously, I give them the tactics pregame and halftime, but everything goes out to the girls,” Burlington Central head coach Massimo Piscopo said.
Andrew scored the Rockets’ fourth goal. The senior collected a pass from Anna Mahon and fired home. Sycamore scored one goal before halftime to cut the lead to one, but the Burlington Central defense held on in the second half.
“It was really intense. I was just happy to get the goal,” said Andrew. “My team was playing really well and I am just happy we came out with the win.”
3A Burlington Central Regional
DeKalb 1, Hampshire 0
Burlington Central 4, Sycamore 3
Burlington Central vs. DeKalb, 6 p.m.