Foulk shines again, Eastbrook shuts out Marion for third win

Despite her past achievements, which place her among the most gifted and dominant girls soccer players in the illustrious history of Grant County sports, Sarah Foulk’s star continues to rise.

After scoring five goals in Eastbrook’s season opener against Oak Hill and all seven of the Panthers’ tallies against Delta, Foulk’s blazing start to the 2020 season continued against Marion on Saturday evening. The senior striker found the back of the net six times, giving her 18 on the young season, as the Panthers shut out the Giants 7-0 to cap off an excellent first week. 

“She is the most disciplined person I’ve ever seen,” Eastbrook Head Coach Jamie Hallis said. “She’s very regimented, and she works for everything she does. And, in playing club, she has been able to play with some incredible players at a very high level. That’s really stepped up her game.” 

While the final score may seem a little lopsided, Ben Hawk’s young and rebuilding Giants’ squad held their own against a lethal Eastbrook squad. In the match’s early stages, Marion’s defense stayed in front of Foulk, making it difficult for her to find much space. 

However, Foulk finally broke through, scoring her first goal of the evening at the 33:20 mark of the opening half, and from that moment on, Eastbrook took control of the contest. 

“I think we had a slow start. I feel like we do that a lot,” Hallis said. “I feel like often it takes a goal to settle us down, but once they settled in a bit, they found each other.” 

After the Panthers’ first goal, Hallis made several adjustments to give Foulk and Eastbrook’s other offensive players more room to maneuver, and those alterations paid off. 

“I originally wanted my outside [players] to pinch in a little bit, but we all realized that wasn’t working. We had them stretch it out, so I think that helped to give her a little more room to maneuver,” Hallis said. “Some of our girls were making great runs too, and I think that helped get things going as well. Sarah is always really good at choosing when to keep it and when to pass, and when those girls are moving off of her, I think that really gives her great shots at the goal.” 

Foulk completed her first-half hat trick in the first 30 minutes of the match and added her fourth in the final 10 off an excellent pass from junior midfielder Camden Chellis. 

Eastbrook outshot Marion 15-1 in the first half, which included 10 shots on goal. 

The Panthers kept up the pressure in the second half. Kendra Edgell scored her first varsity goal just over a minute in, and Foulk added two more tallies in the final 40 minutes to secure the seven-goal triumph. 

Marion, however, continued to battle throughout the contest. They eventually created some scoring chances in the latter stages of the contest, but they were unable to push one past Gabby Scott, who recorded her first shutout of the season. 

Additionally, Eastbrook’s back line, a group that Hallis is continuing to tinker with, was excellent throughout the match, allowing just four total Marion shots. 

“Rachel [Manning] and Becca [Hammond] are doing a really good job of anchoring our defense, and now, we are rotating four other players,” Hallis said. “All four really seem to be stepping up, and I feel like whoever is in there is doing a really good job.” 

Eastbrook will be back in action against Homestead on Wednesday, while Marion will host longtime rival Kokomo on Tuesday.

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