Girls Water Polo: Bremen co-op tops Homewood-Flossmoor
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media March 13, 2014 7:56PM
Updated: April 15, 2014 6:26AM
Bremen co-op isn’t interested in being a one-woman show this year.
Hannah Schultz, who scored 90 goals last season, is back and figures to be a dominant presence at the center of the Red Jaguars offense. She doesn’t plan on doing it all, though.
“What I really want this year is for us to play as a team,” she said. “I want everyone to get involved. We have a lot of good players who can score. I think we’re going to do really well this year and surprise people.”
Bremen’s versatility was on display in Thursday’s season-opening 9-4 win at Homewood-Flossmoor.
Schultz led the way with four goals. Sarah Minnich displayed a laser of a shot in scoring three times. Leah Wood and Jacky Zuniga each added a goal, while Melissa Barrios was fantastic in net, making nine saves.
Amber Barney scored twice for H-F (1-1).
“Our goal this year is to make sure we get everyone involved,” said Bremen coach Todd Strein, in his first season as head coach after being an assistant. “We’re coming together. We had a great couple of practices leading up to this. We made some mistakes like any first game, but we corrected them.”
Bremen led 3-0 behind two Schultz goals after one quarter and 5-1 at halftime as its defense put the clamps on a Vikings team that scored 16 goals Wednesday in beating Richards.
“The key to our defense was just communicating,” Schultz said. “We’re running some new plays on offense and defense this year and we’re just trying to play like a real water polo team this year.”
Barrios had a huge third quarter to make sure there would be no Vikings comeback. She stopped Barney on a point-blank opportunity and made three big saves to deny H-F on power-play opportunities.
“I loved the way we played,” she said. “It was a total team effort and I’m really proud of all our girls.”
H-F got goals from Kelly Morrissey and Megan Dunlavy. Rebecca Tanner made nine saves.
“We’re a young team and we made a lot of mistakes early,” H-F coach Pat Duignan said. “I told the girls that we’re not going to get away with those against a team like Bremen. As the girls get to know each other and we improve our conditioning, hopefully, we’ll improve.”