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It took 78 minutes to break away, but Brookfield Academy will be heading to the WIAA Division 4 state championship match for the first time in program history following a dramatic 1-0 semifinal June 15.

“It feels so good,” said first-team All Conference honoree and junior midfielder Abigail Schlosser. “Our school has never made it this far, so it’s amazing to make history for our school.”

The lone goal of the game came in the 78th minute as Schlosser knocked the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

"She was right on the edge of the area," Aquinas head coach James Lockey said. "It was a quick link and a nice goal."

“It was an amazing ball from Anika (Washburn). She dribbled through and then just set me up with an amazing touch,” Schlosser said. “Then, I just saw that the corner of the goal was open, so I just kicked it and we got lucky.”

Junior midfielder/forward Anika Washburn, who had 12 shots to that point, including two dangerously close calls in the 72nd and 77th minutes, instead was the one with the assist.

“I thought it was fitting with Anika because she’s used to getting that goal, and she ends up getting the assist,” Brookfield Academy head coach Lee Rogers said. “That’s a headsy player.

“(Washburn) reads everything so well,” Rogers continued. “When the ball is at her feet, good things are going to happen.”

“She always has a lot of chances every game,” Schlosser said. “She’s an amazing player, so I think she just saw that I was open, and she wasn’t able to get a shot off, so she gave it to me because I was.”

Rogers credited Aquinas’ defense for shutting down Washburn, who leads the team with 46 goals so far this season.

“They defended really well,” Rogers said. “They kept her shooting from distance.”

Rogers also described Aquinas keeper Sydney Ion’s performance as “outstanding," mentioning that many of Washburn’s shots “could have gone in with some other keepers.”

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Brookfield Academy as a whole had 17 shots Thursday, compared to just 11 for Aquinas.

“If you’re shooting from inside the area on a regular basis, something is going to go in,” Lockey said. “They took their chance.”

Both teams had the challenge of battling 89-degree heat.

“It was really hot ,and you know going in that it is going to be that way,” Schlosser said. “We were all playing for each other because we were obviously getting really tired.”

Brookfield Academy faced similar circumstances in its previous game against Prairie School, which resulted in a 5-4 victory.

“We had just as warm, windier and up-and-down, up-and-down (conditions) and we went into overtime,” Rogers said. “We were ready for the heat.”

Aquinas’ loss came despite having an advantage in experience. The Blugolds have made it to this weekend three consecutive years.

“Not only does it help our performance, it helps the players that are a little bit younger,” Lockley said. “The experience is huge, especially when it feels like such an occasion.”

The goal by Schlosser is the only goal Aquinas has allowed during the playoffs and sixth all season. The Blugolds outscored their opponents in the previous seven games, 31-0.

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