Girls Soccer: Robinson Advances to Regional Semis

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

The Robinson girls soccer team experienced some ups and downs in the regular season, but any struggles that the Lady Knights faced throughout the year have gone out the window now.

After cruising through districts last weekend, Robinson dominated Boca Ciega (13-6-1) on Thursday night in the regional quarterfinals by a score of 5-1.

“Outstanding. I believe that we had a complete win,” head coach Billy Helms said. “From top to bottom, our players absolutely dominated every facet of the game.”

Robinson struck early with Tatum Brookes (’16) scoring in the sixth minute. The score held at 1-0 throughout the rest of the first half, thanks in large part to a save from Robinson goalkeeper MacKenzie Johnson (’16) on a shot from in close during the 30th minute.

After the half, Brookes put up her second goal in the 50th minute before Sarah Jennewein (’17) extended the Lady Knights’ lead to 3-0. Boca Ciega got one back in the 71st minute, but Brookes took over from there, picking up her hat trick goal in the 75th minute and her fourth of the night in the 78th.

“It was amazing. The offense played awesome,” Brookes said. “I don’t know what happened, but we were just really feeling it.”

The Lady Knights have dropped their last two regional semifinal games in penalty kicks, but they feel that this is the year that the streak ends.

“We’re tired of being the coffin. It’s our turn to be the hammer and the nail,” Helms said. “If we continue to do what we’ve normally done, like we did tonight, then the result will be a positive win.”

“[We] just need to keep the intensity going,” Brookes said.

The Lady Knights will host Osceola (16-2-1) in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night.