Brodbine scores twice to push Troy High girls soccer past Utica Ford II, into district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published May 29, 2019

 Troy High senior Tahra Brodbine, left, scored both goals in the Colts 2-0 May 29 playoff win over Utica Ford II.

Troy High senior Tahra Brodbine, left, scored both goals in the Colts 2-0 May 29 playoff win over Utica Ford II.

Photo by Donna Agusti

TROY — Troy High senior Tahra Brodbine provided all the scoring in lifting her team to a 2-0 win over Utica Ford II in a May 29 Division 1 district semifinal.

Brodbine scored early — on a shot from about 20 yards out that found the back of the net a little more than 12 minutes into the match.

“I saw an open spot that I could run into, so I just used my speed and got a shot I could get past the goalie,” Brodbine said.

She scored late too — on a shot from about 10 yards out that just landed inside the right corner of the net.

“I got the ball and saw the defenders overplay it,” Brodbine said. “I just used my speed again and was able to score.”

Falcons coach Teri Steinwascher admitted her team played harder than it had all season in the district semifinal. The team this season saw 10 players lost to injury at some point. At one point in the district semifinal, the Falcons had six freshmen and a sophomore on the field.

“I walk away from this game with pride,” said Steinwascher, who’s team ends the season at 3-14. “They played so hard for us. They did everything we asked them to do. They missed some small details that cost us what would have been our first goal, but they played extremely hard. We’ve got a lot to look forward to in the future.”

The Colts advance to face either Troy Athens or Utica High in a district final at 7 p.m. May 31 at Athens.

Falcons freshman goalkeeper Sarah Smith made a couple of athletic saves to keep her team in the match. She made a diving stop of a point-blank shot with 7:04 left in the first half. Smith rushed out about 10 yards away from her net to make a stop of a shot off the foot of Brodbine with 8:42 left in regulation.

Smith was thrust into duty the night before Ford’s season opener, as the original starting keeper suffered a season-ending injury. Steinwascher said Smith has been the most improved player on the team this season.

Brodbine said she believes Troy has a shot at a special season.

“We made it pretty far last year, but I think we have the talent to go even further,” Brodbine said. “Hopefully we end up at the state finals.”