After Mia Bookhard’s second goal, the one from well outside the box that sealed a 3-2 WCAC championship win over St. John’s, the Good Counsel junior jumped up and down, tucking her legs in and then pounding them hard into the turf like a toddler throwing a tantrum.
But this was a fit of joy for the forward, whose brace helped the Falcons complete a dominant year with a conference championship at Catholic University.
“We worked really hard for this,” Bookhard said. “We put all our effort into it, and we stayed together as a team. We played together because we love each other.”
Defending champion St. John’s (9-4-1) got on the board first when senior Gabriella Nastasi converted in the 20th minute. Freshman Trinity Dorsey responded for the Falcons minutes later, and the game went to halftime tied.
Bookhard spent much of the season as a defender, but she was moved up top a few games ago. She scored in every game since, and Sunday she gave the Falcons (17-1-3) the lead in the 48th minute. She got a through ball and touched it past the roaming goalkeeper into the box. From there, all she had to do was win a race with her defender. She did, and the tie was broken.
“Our goal was just to pressure their defense, making good runs and attacking on the outside, because that’s where our strengths are,” Bookhard said.
Meghan O’Donovan added a goal for the Cadets in the final minutes, but it was too late.
“This was a big team effort. Not to knock anyone in the past, but we played so much as a team,” said Good Counsel Coach Jim Bruno, who has won 12 conference championships with the Falcons. “The leadership, the character of the team — I’ll remember that.”