"It was an amazing finish to the 2017 season," said head coach Carey O'Brien after the win. "Each and every player was pivotal to the team's success."
The defending champions, the Pelicans were seeded No. 2 going into the tournament last week. They won their quarterfinal game 6-0 over Greenwich Academy on Wednesday, November 15, and topped Hotchkiss 3-0 in Saturday's semifinal game. As the designated host site of all four (Class A, B, C, and D) championship games, Loomis played for the title on the home turf of Barton Field.
The Pelicans came out firing and scored two goals within the first six minutes of the game. The first goal arrived 3:30 into the game. Senior Tate Jordan took the ball down the left flank and served a driven ball across the box. The BB&N goalkeeper was able to redirect the ball, but senior Lia LaPrise was there to tap it in.
Less than two minutes later, Jordan again served up an assist, beating her player on the flank and passing to junior Taylor Douglas, who one-timed the ball for the second goal of the game.
With a strong northwesterly wind to their backs, the Pelicans continued to press, and Douglas scored another goal, this one unassisted, from about 20 yards out to give Loomis a 3-0 lead. BB&N continued to work, though, and scored a goal with less than five minutes remaining in the first half.
BB&N gained some momentum and a tailwind going into the second half. With about 25 minutes left in the game, the Knights scored their second goal to bring the tally to 3-2 in favor of the Pelicans.
Back-and-forth play for the last part of the game led to several dangerous chances for both teams, but neither managed to score. As Loomis tried to hang onto its lead, the Pelican defense held strong. Loomis goalkeeper junior Michelle Fickett stayed focused and made key saves throughout the game.
And when the final buzzer sounded, the Loomis team and fans rushed the field in celebration of a repeat championship.
Coach O'Brien praised the full team for staying focused and committed in the tournament and throughout the season and for embracing the challenge of winning back-to-back titles. She also congratulated the senior players for "great leadership and fortitude": LaPrise, Jordan, Jacy Case, Lauren Hinton, Izzy Lachcik, and Grace Smith.