Turelli's goal gives Lancers 1-0 win over Neenah in state quarter-finals
Central to play in semis on Friday at 6 p.m.
Brookfield Central's Bella Turelli shook off a shoulder injury and kicked in the winning goal in a 1-0 quarter-final win over Neenah Thursday afternoon, moving the Lancers on to the semi-finals at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Cedarburg/Eau Claire Memorial match.
Cedarburg, the top team in the state, was winning 1-0 early in the game.
The game was scoreless until nine minutes where left to play. Central's Morgan Kenney hit a shot to the right of the goal which was deflected. Lulu Zuba then got the ball and flipped it to Turelli, who put in a shot from about eight feet in front of the goal.
"I just did a little turn move and put it in," Turelli said, not knowing where the ball came from. "I think the goalkeeper (Brooke Hiltunen) lost track of the ball after it was deflected."
The fact that Turelli played let alone scored the only goal was surprising.
She missed the last three days of practice and had her right arm in a sling at times this week as her shoulder acted up in the Central sectional final win over Brookfield East on Saturday.
"It's either the rotator cuff or the muscle, they don't know for sure," she said. "I went to the trainer every day and was icing it and heating it and taking lots of Advil.
"This (the win) feels great. It's awesome."
Central beat the Rockets (17-5-1)) on a penalty kick by Sarah Fotsch on April 20.
"It was big that we won on a goal," Turelli said. "I think we're pretty even."
Coach Jason Burdge was relieved but smiling afterward.
"We've played Neenah in the past and we knew this was not going to be easy. In fact we have never beaten them until this year.
"This is a year of firsts. We beat East for the first time, beat them twice and now we beat Neenah twice. It's hard to beat teams twice in the same year.
"I'm so proud. We won our one-on-one battles physcially. That was the key to the game."
Rachel Oleson continues to shine in the goal with five saves, including two down the stretch.
The Lancers have a four-game winning streak and are now 15-5-3.
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