Chris Wilk asked a lot of his team.
As did Olivia Fogle.
Central Hardin’s junior goalkeeper was a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities as the Lady Bruins won the shootout, 3-0 and the game, 1-0 over Bardstown Wednesday in the 5th Region Tournament semifinals at Central Hardin.
“I’ve never done that in my life,” Fogle said of stopping the first three penalty kicks she saw. I guessed right. I looked at them, looked how they ran at the ball and guessed right. There are ways you can tell if they’re going right or left, but most of the time they can fake you out, so it’s just a guessing game at that point.”
Her third save set off a massive celebration as the Lady Bruins raced into tonight’s 7 p.m. final with Bethlehem, a 3-1 winner over Elizabethtown in the other semifinal.
“We knew we had good shooters and we we’re very confident in our goalie because we knew she could go up and make those saves,” Central Hardin senior defender Haley Clark said.
Taylor Eidson, Haylie Panter and Peyton Rabb scored for the Lady Bruins to take a 3-0 lead.
Fogle then stepped up and made save No. 3 in three attempts.
“She was amazing,” Clark said.
Wilk, Central Hardin’s first-year coach, decided to change his defense against the explosive Lady Tigers, who came into the game having won 17 in a row.
“They adjusted from one style to not practicing another style and they just performed it to perfection,” Wilk said of his defensive unit. “We tried to play man-to-man, win your 1v1 battles. Everybody gave their effort and did their job right.”
Wilk moved senior standout Brooke Norton to the back line.
“We knew that if we went out there and did the best that we can do, we could make anything work,” Clark said. “We had to play to their strengths for us to win the game. We had to have someone back (Norton) who was fast enough to keep up with their best player up top. She would drop back and I would man mark No. 5 (Whitney Rogers, who came in with 21 goals and seven assists). We just had to make sure we shut their best players out.”
The other one was Emma Livingston, who had 31 goals and 12 assists.
“Brooke really did help a lot,” Fogle said. “We play club together, so we work really well together. She’s so good. She performs well for us every time.
“We haven’t been to the region finals in years, so this feels real good.”
Bardstown’s lowest goal total of the season was its last loss, 3-1 to Meade County on Aug. 19.
“I think we’ve done really well this season and our coach is a big part of that,” Clark said. “We feel that we have done an amazing job this season.”
The Lady Bruins improved to 15-8-2.
“I’m really proud of what they accomplished tonight,” Wilk said.