Chugiak's Tristyn Hall battles a Bartlett defender for position during the Mustangs' 12-1 win over the Golden Bears on April 16 at The Dome. Hall scored three times for Chugiak, which improved to 4-2 with the victory.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Her long ponytail trailing like steam from a locomotive, Chugiak star Kelly Cobb powered her way through the Bartlett defense. The senior slammed on the brakes, deked a defender out of her shoes and ripped a left-footed shot into the back of the net.
One minute, one goal. Game over.
Cobb's goal helped open the floodgates April 16 at The Dome against Bartlett, as everything came together for the Mustangs in a 12-1 Cook Inlet Conference rout.
"We're getting more connected," said Chugiak freshman Tristyn Hall, who scored three times for her first high school hat trick.
Kendra Bulawa and Jessi Beverlin each scored twice for the Mustangs, who also got goals from Sue Fleurant, Morgan Elledge, Maclaine Hargraves and Holly Brehmer.
The result of the game was never in doubt, as the winless Golden Bears had no answer for Chugiak's high-powered attack.
Chugiak coach Paul Brehmer said he tried to use the game as a learning experience as much as a sporting event.
"We had some different tactical things that we wanted to try, so we were able to do that," he said.
Brehmer was able to rest his starters and get younger players experience, and he also allowed some players to move to unfamiliar positions. That's how Bulawa the team's top defender ended up getting two goals while playing up front.
Hall said the game gave her and her teammates the freedom to experiment with different techniques and tactics without worrying about making a game-deciding mistake.
"We wanted to try some new things," she said.
A hat trick was a new thing for Hall, a freshman who said her only previous three-goal game came last year in club play.
"It was really exciting, I was shooting for that," she said.
Chugiak could have scored even more. The Mustangs hit the Bartlett crossbar three times in the first half, including a rocket from Bulawa that nearly went in from 40 yards out.
The victory moved Chugiak to 4-2 in the Cook Inlet Conference and also ended the Mustangs' time on the road. Of its final ten games, Chugiak is scheduled to play nine on the home turf at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
"It's really fortunate for us because we have all away games here and then we get all home games," Hall said.
Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSTANGS 12, GOLDEN BEARS 1
Chugiak 6 6 12
Bartlett 1 0 1
Chugiak Cobb (1st), Fleurant (5th), Hall (11th), Morgan Elledge (37th), Hargraves (38th), Brehmer (40th), Hall (41st), Hall (42nd), Beverlin (43rd), Beverlin (58th), Bulawa (62nd), Bulawa (68th)
Bartlett Veilleux (39th)
Cards Chugiak, Fleurant (yellow)
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.