TAMPA — For a contest that featured two potent and high-scoring offenses, the defensive struggle that took place between Steinbrenner and Plant on Thursday night seemed oddly appropriate.
With neither team willing to give an inch, it took an opportunistic goal by Steinbrenner’s Alexis Bredeau at the 62:15 mark in the second half that propelled the visiting Warriors to a 1-0 victory at Dad’s Stadium.
The victory for Steinbrenner — its sixth in a row — raised its record to 6-1, while the loss dropped the Panthers to 2-3.
Bredeau tallied her fifth goal of the season, and it could not have come at a better time for the Warriors. Taking advantage of an errant heading attempt by a Plant defender, the ball bounced right in front of the speedy sophomore. With only Panthers keeper Danielle Leroy in front of her, Bredeau had an uncontested look at the goal and buried her shot to the left of Leroy for the winner.
“Sometimes being opportunistic is better than controlling the ball the entire game,” Steinbrenner coach Teresa Patterson said. “I’m really proud of the work of Alexis and Cici Gonzalez. For them to cause the pressure that created the turnover was special.”
Stephanie Hirsch made six saves in goal for the Warriors, including two at close range on Kaitlyn Steckel and Caroline Bedo late in the second half to preserve the shutout.