What was billed as a clash of district heavyweights between Bloomingdale and Durant turned into a early knockout Friday as the Bulls pummeled the hosts 7-0.
"I was expecting something like a 2-0, 2-1 match," Bloomingdale coach Sue Peet said. "This team can be really unpredictable."
What couldn't have been predicted was the ease in which Bloomingdale carried out the blowout. The Bulls (14-2-1 overall, 8-0-1 in Class 6A, District 6) and Cougars (7-3-3, 7-1-1) tied 2-2 in their first regular-season match.
"This was completely unexpected," Peet said.
The win gives Bloomingdale needed momentum as the district tournament approaches. Cougar coach Ron Evans said he couldn't recall a beating this bad in Durant's nine-year history.
"Hopefully this will be a wakeup call for the girls," Evans said. "I'm pretty sure this was the worst defeat ever here."
Bloomingdale got on the board in the 16th minute when Lia Hughes tapped in a rebound off goalkeeper Megan Bowers. Eight minutes later Sara Macko beat Bowers on the first of two penalty kick goals for the Bulls. Kelsey Primiano then got knocked down in the Cougars' box in the 33rd minute and Marissa Kazbour drove home the second PK for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Still, Peet said she was not completely comfortable with the halftime cushion.
"I knew that a team like Durant, with a player like Gabi Rivera, could come back on us," she said. "I mean, I've seen her put together two goals real quick before."
But the Bulls put their coach's uneasiness to rest just 15 seconds into the second half when Hughes sent a perfect cross from the left flank to a streaking Primiano for a 4-0 lead. Bloomingdale then piled on three goals in less than two minutes on Macko's second score and tallies from Rachel Garbaj and freshman Layne Harrod.
"When we played them last time, we won the midfield," Evans said. "Tonight they won the whole field."
To make matters worse for the Cougars, they might have lost midfielder Lisa Hayman for the season. The match was delayed 20 minutes when Hayman was carted off with a left knee injury. Hayman's injury came just five minutes after Rivera left for good with a twisted ankle. Evans said he didn't think Rivera's injury was serious, but feared Hayman might have torn a ligament.