ST. CHARLES • In the aftermath of the Class 1 sectional girls soccer game at Orchard Farm between the host Eagles and visiting Winfield, somebody in Brooke Burckhardt's family was going to go home unhappy.
That's because Burckhardt's cousin, Abby Jordan, was in goal for the Warriors both Tuesday and the first time this season the teams played -- when Winfield posted a one-goal win April 14.
Burckhardt and the Eagles would have the last laugh in this one as she scored the game-winning goal in Orchard Farm's 4-2 win at Luxembourg Field.
"This is one of the most intense (games)," Burckhardt said. "(Jordan) texted me before the game and said ‘see you there' and I texted back ‘let's go Eagles' ... We're family and we're still going to love each other, but it's like ‘ha, ha, I beat you'. It was all friendly."
While it took a total team effort to get there, it was Burckhardt who beat the Warriors -- literally.
With 23 minutes and 43 seconds left to play and the game tied at two, Andrea Liston lined up a corner kick and put it right onto Burckhardt's foot for a half volley into the net past a helpless Jordan.
"She just fed the ball into the middle like she normally does, she just fed it right where it was supposed to be," Burckhardt said. "I saw it and I just hit it."
Orchard Farm (16-7) would score an insurance goal with just a few minutes left to make the score 4-2.
On the play, Burckhardt broke down the right side of the field and beat Jordan with a shot that pinged the right post. Megan Boschert then walked the ball into the goal off the rebound.
"They (Winfield) really played excellent, high pressure defense up the middle there in the first half," Orchard Farm coach Brandon Cox said. "They didn't give us any time to pass, but we finally moved it through the middle."
After a 1-1 first half, Orchard Farm got right to work as, off the opening kick of the second half, Alexis Robbers moved the ball right down the middle and was hauled down in the penalty area.
Her resulting penalty kick goal made the score 2-1 Orchard Farm.
"We didn't take much advantage of her going down the middle in the first half," Cox said. "That was part of our problem. She is an excellent player and she plays on the ball so very well. In the second half, she was big. She became part of the game."
Winfield (14-10) managed to tie the game at 2-2 just three minutes later when Sarah Entwhistle knocked a shot past Orchard Farm goalkeeper Abby Gruendler as she came out to cut down the angle.
Playing from behind was something the Warriors coach knew didn't help his team too much.
"Overall, it was as close of a game as it could have been," Winfield coach Jim Gorski said. "Orchard Farm kept us ... We could never find ourselves on top. We just kept having to come back and kept having to fight from behind and that's tough."
Orchard Farm opened the scoring in the game's 14th minute when a corner kick pinballed in the Winfield box and Boschert slammed the header home for the lead.
"She is always in the right place at the right time," said Cox of Boschert. "She's always hustling."
Winfield tied the game in the 34th minute when Nicole Schuler knocked a shot past Gruendler.
With the win, Orchard Farm will play Saturday in a Class 1 quarterfinal against Kennedy (12-10), which defeated Lutheran North 5-0 on Tuesday.
The game will be at a yet-to-be-determined site at a yet-to-be-determined time.
Orchard Farm defeated Kennedy 4-0 at home April 1 and 3-2 in overtime as part of the Ritenour Holly Goodman tournament on May 7.
"We've wanted this forever," Burckhardt said. "No Orchard Farm team has been this far. We want to be the first (girls soccer) team to make it to state. It is an amazing feeling."
Added Cox: ‘"We're going to have to work hard. Kennedy's a good team."