Bishop Carroll goalkeeper Jami Reichenburger certainly looks the part of a high school freshman, right down to the braces on her teeth.
But her work in goal is far beyond her years, as she proved again Tuesday night with a 1-0 City League shutout of host Northwest (9-6, 5-2).
“Honestly, I’d like to know where she gets her nerves, because I’ve never seen her look worried yet,” Carroll girls soccer coach Greg Rauch said. “It was just a ‘This is what I do’ type of thing.”
Since stepping in for the injured Keighton Allen, all Reichenburger has done is shut down tough St. Thomas Aquinas for 81 of 82 minutes, surrendering one goal after an overtime scramble. Since then, she has 160 shutout minutes on the road at Derby and Northwest.
It was Northwest’s senior night, but Carroll senior Kiley Burris snared the best memory.
She broke a scoreless tie at 24:56 of the second half, taking the ball and kicking it over the head of Grizzlies senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Lahar.
“I was just wide open, and I was praying it would go in,” she said. “It was definitely stressful, but we pulled it out.”
The victory helped Carroll (15-1, 7-0) clinch a tie for the league title, which it shared with Kapaun in 2011. The Eagles, who defeated Kapaun 5-0 on April 21, can clinch the title outright by winning Thursday at home against East. Kapaun, which has won or shared the last eight straight titles, is at home to South.
Rauch had to be having flashbacks to Friday night’s game against Aquinas, as the teams played to a 0-0 tie at the break.
“It did have a feel to that, and the first thing I thought was, ‘Dear God, don’t go to overtime,’ ” he said. “With the caliber of team we’re playing, either team could sneak one in, and that’s it. Much like with Aquinas, I feel like we’d played our hearts out, and all it takes is one goal, and it’s over. ”
Second half — 1. BC, Burris. Shots — Bishop Carroll 0-3—3; Northwest 1-2—3. Saves — Bishop Carroll, Reichenburger 1-2—3; Northwest, Lahar 0-2—2.