Junior Daelynn Rosser’s second hat trick of the season helped the Buckeye Valley girls soccer team to a 3-1 win at Olentangy Berlin Thursday night in Delaware.
The Barons have won three straight and four out their last five games.
“We came into this thinking that we had a chance and just kept pushing ourselves through it,” Rosser said. “It’s a team thing – we combine so much better than we did (earlier in the season). We do team bonding now and I think that really helps.”
Rosser’s first goal came on the Barons’ first scoring chance. She went low and to the left to beat the goalie with 32:15 left in the first half.
“We’re working really, really well up top,” BV coach Lucy Giddens said. “They’re working it wide and playing it back into the middle and that backside run has been there. It’s been working the last two games – they’ve finally been able to connect on it.”
Berlin’s Abby Brennan broke free a couple of minutes later, but her shot missed the goal just right.
The Bears had a couple of more chances over the next few minutes, but shots by Olivia Neidhardt and Sydney Walker missed high and wide, respectively.
Walker finally got a shot on net in the 18th minute, but BV’s Cami Crawford made the save to keep the shutout. Crawford finished with five saves for the Barons (5-6-1).
“I felt like we were on the attack the majority of the first half,” Berlin coach Tara Zimmer said. “We were having trouble (finishing). We just couldn’t find that final piece and that was what we were struggling with all game.”
Berlin goalkeeper McKinley Hoffmann one-upped her counterpart with a save on Rosser and another off a shot by Hannah Cowan on BV’s next possession.
“(Hoffmann is) just consistent,” Zimmer said. “We know when she’s in the net that she’s going to come up big – and that’s every game – not this game or maybe the next game. She comes to play every game and we expect that from her. Her consistency has been really great.”
Rosser got her second from the top of the box again. This time, she lifted it and beat the goalie high on the left with 31:59 left in the game to give the Barons a 2-0 lead.
“She works hard all of the time,” Giddens said. “She’s super strong and doesn’t get pushed around. She’s used to playing high-level competition, so she kind of brings everybody up.”
BV came right back. Sophomore Faith Durbin was fouled in the box and Rosser converted the ensuing penalty kick with 31:05 left.
Berlin almost got one back on the next possession, but Cara Susey’s shot from the right hit the crossbar and BV cleared the rebound.
But, the Bears finally got one to go in the final minute. Susey found daylight in the middle, but her shot was saved by Crawford. But, freshman Rileigh Glassburn was there to put back the rebound with 21 seconds left for her first-career goal.
Hoffmann stopped eight shots and Jessica Burchinal had one save in relief for the Bears (3-10).
“We’re always building,” Zimmer said. “Even on a loss – we’re always talking about what we could do to become better tomorrow. So, focusing on the next game – we just continue to build. Hopefully, we have a long season ahead of us.”
Both teams return to league play next. BV travels to Galion in MOAC action Monday at 5 p.m. and Berlin visits Delaware Hayes in OCC-Cardinal play Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
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