On Monday night, Eastbrook star striker Sarah Foulk continued to solidify herself as one of the best soccer players in the illustrious sports history of Grant County.
After setting the single-season scoring record with 51 goals in 2018, Foulk set the all-time Grant County scoring record in a 9-1 victory over the Mississinewa Indians at Fisher Field.
Foulk’s four tallies against the Indians gave her 116 career goals, the most-ever by a soccer player in Grant County. With the rest of the 2019 campaign and her senior season still left to play, that number will be much higher by the time her high school career is over.
“Sarah is awesome,” Eastbrook Head Coach Jamie Hallis said. “She is a true goal scorer, but she doesn’t have that flashy, ‘I’m the star’ mentality. She’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen. She has a goal, and she is going to do whatever she can do to meet that goal. She’s incredible to coach.”
Always the humble superstar, Foulk credited her success to her teammates.
“It’s amazing,” Foulk said of her career achievement. “But I have an amazing team. My team is so good. It’s just fun to play with them.”
In the first 25 minutes of the contest, the Indians put together an excellent gameplan, using Taylor Ulerick to mark Foulk anywhere she went. The strategy worked for a while, but with 14:23 remaining in the first half, Foulk finally found a little space and made no mistake, putting the ball past Mississinewa goalkeeper Savannah Herrera for a 1-0 lead.
“It took us a little while to get going. I feel like we had the right idea, but we just weren’t finishing our passes,” Hallis said. “[But] I’m glad they were patient, and they eventually did find how to break through that. We just switched things up a little bit so we had a little more support up [top,] and then we were more central in the midfield. I think that helped us.”
Foulk’s tally provided the Panthers all the momentum they needed for the rest of the match. Natalie Lakanen just over three minutes after Foulk to make it 2-0, and Johwen McKim scored with 32 seconds remaining in the half to give the Panthers a 3-0 advantage heading into halftime.
“I felt we did really well the first 25 minutes,” Mississinewa Head Coach Andrea Wilson said. “Taylor did a phenomenal job marking [Foulk]. They got their first goal, and I felt like we kind of got deflated a little bit. We got tired in a hurry – you could see it after their first goal. And they got a couple more quick goals.”
“Once they figured out how to create things without Sarah, then they found their rhythm and scored on us.”
Eastbrook added six more goals in the second half. Foulk scored her remaining three goals in the final 40 minutes, while also assisting on a tally from Natalie Danals. Lakanen and McKim also each scored a second time.
Lia Luchetti scored Mississinewa’s lone goal of the contest with 10:01 remaining, breaking the shutout bid.
- Shots were 27-9 in favor of the Panthers, which included 19 shots on goal. Herrera made 11 saves for the Indians, while Gabby Scott made six saves for Eastbrook in the victory.