Oregon junior defender Brooklyn Kane has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time on corner kicks.
Kane used her leaping ability to score two goals on headers to lead the top-seeded Oregon girls soccer team to a 5-2 win over DeForest in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal on Thursday at Huntoon Field.
Oregon (15-0-1) advances to play Sauk Prairie in a Division 2 sectional final 7 p.m. Saturday in McFarland. If the Panthers beat the Eagles, Oregon would advance to state for the fifth straight year.
“Honestly, I’m so excited for all of the seniors especially (coach Nelson Brownell) because it’s his last year with us,” Kane said. “We really want to win it (state title) for him and the seniors”
Brownell is moving to Washington in July for a new job.
Three of the Panthers' five goals against DeForest were scored off corner kicks.
“Sydney McKee and me work really well in the box,” Kane said. “It’s always us two tryng to get our head on the ball or a volley."
Kane credited senior Emma Halverson and junior Hanna Rohrer for serving good corner kicks.
Kane said if it wasn’t for Halverson and Rohrer, the Panthers wouldn’t score off corner kicks.
The Panthers led 1-0 at the 50-minute mark, when the teams began picking up the scoring, adding five goals in about three minutes.
Senior midfielder Maddy Swartzmiller scored on a penalty kick at 50:12 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Moments later, Kane had her first goal on a header off a corner kick by Halverson to extend the Panthers’ lead to 3-0.
About 1 minute later, the Norskies scored. Kane scored her second goal on a header to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead. DeForest’s Mandy Fitzgerald scored 30 seconds later to slice Oregon’s lead to two goals with 11 minutes left.
Junior forward Ashley Hanson added a goal on an assist by junior forward Avary Fanning at 81:13.
The Panthers got on the board first with Roherer scoring on a corner kick at 11:47.