LIZTON—The Crawfordsville Lady Athenians played toe-to-toe with the Tri-West Lady Bruins for nearly the first ten minutes of Monday’s contest, before a barrage of goals gave the Bruins a 9-0 decision.

The victory clinched the Sagamore Athletic Conference title outright for the undefeated Bruins.

Crawfordsville (3-11, 0-6 SAC) did a good job of controlling the tempo at the outset, until midfielder Carli Wilson knocked home the Bruins’ second shot-on-goal at 31:45 of the first half. Tri-West (12-0, 7-0 SAC) scored two more goals in the next seven minutes.

“Unfortunately, our team has become used to having goals scored upon us this season.” Crawfordsville head coach Laurie Vellner said. “It is more emotional than anything else—we fell back into things we’ve been doing the last few games.”

Tri-West fired home seven goals from six different players in the first half. At the same time, Crawfordsville failed to get a decent shot-on-goal for the entire 40 minutes.

“We were with them for the first 10 minutes.” A frustrated Vellner said. “We just let adversity get into our heads.”

Maggie Cora joined fellow sophomore Wilson with first half goals, but the rest of the night belonged to the seniors. Brianna Pickens, Molly Henley, Paige Newton and Lexi Turner each scored on Senior Night, which thrilled Bruins head coach Elainna Kish.

“That was awesome.” Kish said. “I got to play all nine of them—I’m happy our seniors got the chance to spend a lot of time on the field.”

Two Bruins players had two goals apiece. In addition to Wilson, senior Ashley Fair connected twice for Tri-West.

“Going to the ball, being aggressive in the air, is something we’ve worked on from day one.” Vellner assessed. “It is something that we’ve struggled with all season.”

The bright spot for the Athenians was undoubtedly the battle sophomore Camryn Swinford waged with all-SAC candidate Lexi Turner at the midfield. Turner, who coach Kish describes correctly as “all over the field, all the time” prevailed most of the evening, but not without knowing she was in a dogfight.

“It was a real battle and Camryn was playing injured.” Vellner added. “She was kicked harshly in the Danville game, and got kicked again in the same spot tonight—it was a real war out there.”

In addition to Swinford, Vellner shuffled through most of her underclassmen by game’s end.

“It is time to start figuring things out some for next year.” The coach said.