By Adam Rickert
Two quick second-half goals by Kayla Polisano gave Anchor Bay's girls soccer team some breathing room Tuesday night as the Tars advanced to a Division 1 regional final with a 4-1 victory over Lake Shore.
Freshman Briana Rumps set up Polisano beautifully with around 27 minutes remaining in regulation to give the Tars their two-goal cushion back.
"After they get one, we always try to come back really strong," said Polisano. "That's definitely one of our strengths."
Polisano finished off another play about two minutes later, putting her team up by the winning margin.
"I know I couldn't have gotten either of my goals without my teammates," she said. "Both of the balls were crossed right to me, so I couldn't have done it without them."
The goals couldn't have come at a better time for Polisano and the Tars.
Lake Shore's Andrea Tungul had chipped in a goal with 28:30 left in regulation, cutting Anchor Bay's 2-0 halftime lead to just one.
"I think it woke us up a little bit," said Anchor Bay coach Kevin Grammens. "We always aim to score the next goal, that's how you mentally respond to that."
Lindsey Shira and Rachel Russo were responsible for the two goals Anchor Bay scored in the first half.
Although the Shorians came out on the short end of the match, it was still quite a moment for coach Dave Lount and his team, as Tuesday marked Lake Shore's first-ever regional contest.
"Once we got in the game I think we saw that we could hang with them," said Lount. "We're just a little bit short this year, but with a lot of sophomores, it gives us a good opportunity next year."
The Tars will meet MAC Red Division rival Ford, which got by Troy on penalty kicks to advance, in a regional final at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Swinehart Field.